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    What is a high-quality early childhood program?

    A high-quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. In accredited programs you should see:

    • frequent, positive, warm interactions among teachers and children
    • planned learning activities appropriate to children’s age and development, such as block building, painting, reading stories, dress-up, and active outdoor play
    • specially trained teachers and directors
    • ongoing professional development
    • enough adults to respond to individual children
    • many varied age-appropriate materials
    • a respect for cultural diversity
    • a healthy and safe environment for adults and children
    • inclusive environments
    • nutritious meals and/or snacks
    • regular, two-way communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times
    • effective administration
    • ongoing, systematic evaluation

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