Children thrive when they are safe, healthy and learning.
A child’s brain is shaped by their experiences starting at birth. By kindergarten, 90% of the brain has already developed. What your child sees, hears and feels in their child care setting has a lasting impact on their success in school and life. Quality child care settings nurture your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth
Before choosing a child care provider, make appointments to visit childcare options you are considering and ask:
The mission of the Early Stars program is to increase the quality of child care in Fresno County. Early Stars uses an easy-to-understand star rating system. Child care providers can achieve as high as five stars. Early Stars assesses them and provides a star rating based on quality elements that include the following:
Quality child care can take place anywhere including in the homes of our family, friends and neighbors. Encourage the following:
Ask for advice from people you trust; friends, family, coworkers.
Be aware of your child’s attitude after school or child care and ask them if they like it. Your child care setting should be a place where both you and your child feel safe and welcomed. If you or your child feel uncomfortable, trust your instinct and seek help to find a second option.
Investing in high quality child care is key to our community’s health and wellbeing.
When we invest in teachers and caregivers the quality of child care is raised for all children. First 5 Fresno County partners with Fresno County Early Stars to provide training and coaching to child care professionals pursuing quality improvement.