Finding affordable, quality child care that fits the unique needs of your child is a challenge! With many different program options, such as center-based or family child care, knowing what to look for and which questions to ask are vital to the selection process. That's why the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral offers FREE and confidential consultations and referrals to all parents in need of child care services.
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Our child care referral program is a FREE service to the community. All parent and child information is kept confidential. There are three different ways to get referrals.
The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral knows that finding quality childcare is not easy. In fact, most parents often do not know the right questions to ask, nor do they know what to look for when visiting a child care facility. Always remember the best answer to selecting appropriate child care is to use your instincts. If the facility, staff or provider does not "feel" right, then it is probably not the best place for your child.
Here are a few guidelines to evaluate when considering a family child care home or a child care center for your child.
Currently, there are three types of child care providers that are certified or licensed through the State of Ohio.
VROOM is a free app that gives parents ideas for turning shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it's mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. Visit Vroom's Website
It is important to know what developmental milestones are so that we can help children be successful. Please use the links below to learn more about these milestones and what you should look for at different ages.
The Early Learning and Development Standards describe key concepts and skills that young children develop during the birth–to–five-year period. Their purpose is to support the development and well–being of young children and to foster their learning. The standards promote the understanding of early learning and development, provide a comprehensive and coherent set of expectations for children's development and learning, and guide the design and implementation of curriculum, assessment and instructional practices with young children. View these standards here
What should children know before starting kindergarten? Information about Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, as well as tips and checklists related to school readiness can be found at this link: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Kindergarten/Ohios-Kindergarten-Readiness-Assessment.
As a parent, there are many ways that you can be involved in supporting Ohio and it’s early childhood policymaking and systems building work. The YWCA CCR&R supports work that focuses on building a comprehensive and equitable early childhood system. Two websites that you can find further information: http://www.naeyc.org/policy/advocacy and http://www.buildinitiative.org/OurWork/StateandLocal.aspx
Need help with parenting strategies? Our Resource Library can help! We offer a variety of free resources and services to support parents, children and the community in the Resource Library. Each of our three offices offers a Resource Library but availability of items and hours of operation may vary by location. Contact your YWCA CCR&R location to schedule a visit or to reserve an item.
Baby T.A.L.K (Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge) is a program where a YWCA Specialist demonstrates and models interactive play based learning activities for the family to engage with one another. Each family receives a copy of a featured book, as well as written materials that support the modeled activity. The Baby TALK program also offers a parent gathering called Family Fun Times, where parents and their children come together with additional families to share in a literacy activity based on a preselected age appropriate book.
This program is committed to the education of children and families and is invested in increasing awareness of the importance of early literacy opportunities for our youngest learners. Partly funded through the United Way, the YWCA of Northwest Ohio has sent over 105,000 books to more than 2,800 children in Allen County since 2009!
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