Rebecca White, Merrill, Thomas A. | 10/4/2004 4:24:46 AM
A quality caregiver makes all the difference during the early years of a child’s development, so parents need to look for indications of quality when entrusting their children to others, says LSU AgCenter specialist Dr. Becky White.
"All parents want the very best of care when they have made a decision to seek a child-care provider for their child," White said, adding, "Parents know quality relationships between their children and the children’s caregivers are critical components to ensure the very best care."
To assist in making decisions about quality child care, parents can look for certain personal traits when selecting a caregiver for their child, White advises.
The LSU AgCenter specialist says child-care providers should:
"Often your child is with his or her child-care provider all day," White says. "It is important that your child has an excellent caregiver."
The responsibility to select quality child care is a way parents can make a difference in the quality of life for their children – even when the care must be entrusted to others, White says, stressing. "Be sure to consider these traits of a good caregiver when looking for that special person to entrust your child to."
The LSU AgCenter’s "Be Child Care Aware!" educational program is designed to educate parents and child-care providers about quality child care. It is funded, in part, through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support.