As a working mom, one of the biggest struggles you'll face is choosing quality childcare. Thankfully though, in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, there are a few resources in place to help make that decision less stressful.
In both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, there's a resource called 4 C for Children. It not only offers information for parents & families, but for childcare professionals and the community and media as well. The information offered ranges from questions to ask when choosing a provider, to choosing between family childcare, in-home, and child care centers to giving a detailed explanation of Ohio and Kentucky's rating programs.
Ohio's voluntary rating program is called Step up to Quality. It's a voluntary program that rates providers on stricter guidelines than the nationally recognized NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), which is a national voluntary rating system. Voluntary members of the Step up to Quality program offer such features as more highly trained teachers and fewer children in the classroom. Being more highly trained means your child will be cared for by someone who is required to complete 10 hours of specialized training each year as well as plan activities according to a state standard. When there are less children in the classroom, the teacher is less distracted and can offer more one-on-one attention to your child.
Kentucky's voluntary program is called Stars for Kids Now. It is also a voluntary program that rates providers on stricter guidelines than NAEYC. Voluntary members of the Stars for Kids Now program also offer such features as more highly trained teachers and fewer children in the classroom, as well as rating the program on parent involvement and personnel practices.
Using 4 C for Children is not the only way to choose quality childcare, but it offers a few more safeguards than striking out on your own and having to wonder if the person caring for your child is trustworthy, well-trained and can pass a background check worthy of you and your child.