Quality Child Care Impacts The Future And Giveaway | @readysetgrowla #QualityECE

Starting at about 6 months I enrolled my son in a “Mommy and Me” class at the Garden Grove School District.  My mother-in-law heard about the class, and gave me the information as she knew I was looking to start my son off with early learning.  I felt that socializing him early was the key in making him a well rounded boy.

Eventually that class came to a close because there wasn’t any more funding through the school district.  I wanted to keep him enrolled in a school, but where to find a school that I felt comfortable with.  I began the hunt, asking friends, family, even my husband’s co-workers.  We were given names of about 5-6 different schools/day care centers that were local so I began making appointments.  One of the most difficult decisions a parent needs to make is placing your kids in a place that you feel will give your child quality care and a great education.  Each school we walked into just wasn’t right.  I didn’t “feel” it.  I figured my “parent’s intuition” would tell me which school was right for us.  And I found it.  Amazingly, it was a school my husband went to as a preschooler.  We were “home”.

Did you know that ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by the age 5?  These early years are critical to the development of how a child thinks, feels, acts and interacts with others.  To help parents who need to find someone to watch their child during these early development years, First 5 has launched “Quality Child Care Lasts a Lifetime,” campaign aimed at informing parents about the life-long benefits of quality early care and education and tips to help them make informed decisions.  At Ready Set Grow LA you can find a checklist that includes 5 steps to help parents select quality child care. They also have a number of resources to assist parents for things like vaccinations, coupons, emergency preparedness and more.


Research shows that children who receive quality child care and education show more advanced language skills, do better in school, have fewer behavioral problems and develop better social skills.  As parents, we all want our children to do well, now we have resources available to assist them and us – in their early years.

Be sure to bookmark this website: Ready Set Grow LA.  I’m sure we’ll be referencing it quite a lot while our children grow up and become amazing adults.

One lucky Toddler Trails reader will win a Learning Materials Gift Basket valued at $15 containing the following:
A Lap chalkboard
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A Chalk board eraser
Small red ball
First 5 LA Family guide
Penmanship booklet
Bilingual “Colors/Colores” book
“My Shinning Star” book in English
“Tu eres mi Estrella” book in Spanish
Harry the Otter book

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This is part of a compensated campaign with Smith New Media and ReadySetGrowLA.org. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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