Quality child care is important for a host of reasons. Child care enables parents to work or go to school and to be productive. Most importantly, quality child care positively influences a child’s development. Studies have shown that children that have received higher-quality child care have better math skills, fewer behavior problems and higher academic achievement; these results are life-long.
With 86% of the area’s children in child care, it is important to support quality child care. To that end, two funds have been made available to improve and support the quality of child care. The Quality Incentive Program is available to new providers and providers that achieve ratings on the Quality Rating System.