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Research has shown that the two most powerful factors of home environments that promote learning are the availability of books and play materials and the quality of parental involvement in the use of the books and materials.

PBSparents.com gives suggestions of ways to make your home a creative, learning environment for children at any age.

One of the keys to Quality child care is the involvement of families.
Here are some tips to help stay involved in your child's program:

Read the "The Best Possible Care", an article by Julie Powers
about developing a positive relationship with your child care provider:http://www.parentguidenews.com/Catalog/Toddler/TheBestCarePossible/

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) recommends:

  • Have parent-caregiver meetings regularly, and ask questions.
  • Offer to volunteer time when needed, like participating in clean up days, fixing broken toys.
  • Be there for your child's birthday party.
  • Visit your child at child care and read a book aloud.
  • Join in special events, like field trips, Career Day, Black History Month, or other holidays.

Even if you can't get time off from work during the day, you can still check in at drop-off and pick-up times. Ask the caregiver how things are going, and how your child is doing.

Visiting and participating in events in your child's program sends a strong message. It tells your child and your child's caregiver that you know that what your child is doing and learning is important.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal labor law allowing an employee to take unpaid leave due to a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform his job or to care for a sick family member or to care for a new son or daughter (including by birth, adoption or foster care). Applies to workers at companies with 50 or more employees and other criteria.

Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council

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