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School readiness is the process of early learning and development, from infancy to school age. It’s a time when children can gain the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in school. Early interactions with important, caring adults build babies’ brains and influence development.

A strong relationship with a parent promotes a child’s development, learning, and increased school success. Child care programs can explore this resource to learn strategies to encourage strong and positive parent-child relationships.

Caring and responsive parent-child relationships help children thrive in school and in life.

Explore this resource to understand the differences between parent involvement and family engagement. Child care programs will learn why moving from parent involvement to family engagement practices can help staff build strong relationships with families.

 

This brief includes a description of family child care networks and addresses supports a staffed family child care network can provide, particularly to special populations (family, friend, and neighbor care, license-exempt providers, English language learners, and dual language learners); the...

The Office of Child Care provides a checklist and resources for preventing child deaths in hot cars during the summer months.

This brief highlights key information from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about the various types of funding that early care and education (ECE) centers receive.

This brief summarizes the experience, educational attainment, weekly work hours, and wages that characterize the ECE workforce and identifies questions for state ECE leaders to consider in relation to...

This brief describes findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about how families make these types of decisions.

This brief uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to provide an overview of the different types of home-based providers as well as information about these providers.

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