The Quest for High-Quality Child Care & Early Education: The 4 pillars to look for

When it comes to choosing a good learning environment for their children, parents and guardians of preschoolers and school-age children have a stressful time picking the right one. Parents often consider a wide range of factors in their search for the right early childhood learning environment. And there lies the challenge!

The quest for the “right one” might lead to an overabundance of analysis, with too many variables into the mix. However, they may reduce much of that stress if they stopped looking for the right one and searched instead for the best one for their kids.

What Makes a Great Early Learning Environment?

So, what’s “the best one” for your kids? It’s the one that delivers the highest quality child care and early childhood education for your kid’s needs and, as part of the Montgomery Child Care Association (MCCA), Bethesda daycare offers a variety of characteristics that fits the definition of what makes it “the Best”.

1) History and Reputation

What a child absorbs from their early learning environment, helps ground their academic futures. So obviously, no parent or guardian should ever induct their children into an unproven environment. MCCA-associated instructions have the advantage of benefiting from a half-century (50-years!) of traditions and experience. And that pedigree guarantees the best early childhood education for your child.

2) Dedicated Staff

Early educators have a profound impact on building a child’s character. It’s vital that you pick an environment where staff work because they feel a calling, and not just because it offers a “profession”. It is in these environments that you’ll find educators with passion, enthusiasm and care for preschoolers and school-age children alike.  Parents and guardians know their kids are in safe and trusting hands – ones that have the kids’ best interest at heart.

3) Safe and Nurturing Environment

How do educators interact with the kids? Is there sufficient time allocated for academic as well as physical activities? What’s the track record of safety? Are classrooms well lit, ventilated, heated/cooled and equipped? Do you get a sense that social-distancing and safety protocols are a top priority?

The answers to these questions will determine if the environment is the best one for your child. And, under the guidance of MCCA, Bethesda child care consistently scores high on all these metrics!

4) Diversity

Early encounters with multiculturalism and diversity are keys to successful integration into broader society later in life. Children exposed to diversity at an early age, are more likely to embrace others with diverse backgrounds and social standings throughout the rest of their lives – and that’s best for your child’s future.

The Bethesda preschool and day care environments are open to children of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic. Each child is cared for, nutured and tutored according to their unique, yet diverse character traits. Without discrimination, every child benefits from the rights, privileges, programs and activities available to children in MCCA’s multicultural childcare programs.

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