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Good caregivers know that babies grow and learn best when they feel secure. That is why it is so important for adults to respond consistently. Infants develop trust and security when they know that caregivers will be right there to help if they are hungry, wet, or uncomfortable.

We encourage you to follow these guidelines when choosing a Child Care Center for your infant:
Guidelines for Infants – What You Want to See!

The goal of a good program for toddlers is to help them develop into individuals who can sustain themselves, feel good about themselves, and grow up to be productive members of society.

Toddlers learn best…

  • When they feel secure
  • Through play, exploration, and observation
  • At their own pace

We encourage you to follow these guidelines when choosing a Child Care Center for your toddler:
Guidelines for Toddlers – What You Want to See!

Three- and four-year olds in a given early childhood program will, of course, follow their own individual developmental patterns, which may vary greatly from child to child. Nevertheless, all 3- to 4-year-olds learn best…

  • When they feel safe and secure in their environment
  • When they learn what is meaningful to them
  • When they are given opportunities to learn and develop through exploration and play

We encourage you to follow these guidelines when choosing a Child Care Center for your preschooler:
Guidelines for Preschoolers – What You Want to See!

This material has been extracted from NAEYC brochures with their permission. The entire brochure can be accessed through the NAEYC web site on the Home Page.