Your grandchild's education is vital to his future success. Even before he is ready to begin formal school, he needs to be in an environment that offers a positive, caring place for him to learn. Here's what you need to know:
See also: GrandFamilies Resources.
My grandchildren aren't old enough for school. What are my options for child care?
- In-home care is ideal for infants or for a few hours a day. You hire someone to come to your home to care for the child.
- Family day care is offered in someone's home. Usually this includes fun activities for your grandchild, such as story times, outdoor play, crafts, naptime and more. In some states family day care has to be licensed by the state.
- Pre-schools or child care centers usually have more structure and learning activities to help young children get ready for school, learn social skills and develop physically. Some of these programs may have a reduced price for families with low incomes.
- Head Start and Early Head Start offers child development to families with low incomes with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need when they start school. Early Head Start serves children from birth to age 3. Both programs help with education, health, nutrition and social services for children in the program, and involve grandparent caregivers in their grandchild's learning.
How can I find child care programs?
- There are child care resource and referral agencies in most areas. They provide referrals to local child care providers, as well as information on state licensing requirements and on child care subsidies to help pay for child care. Child Care Aware is a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) that helps you find a child care resource and referral agency in your area. Call toll-free 800-424-2246 or go to www.childcareaware.org.
- Search the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website for accredited programs in your area
- Visit the Start or Early Head Start program website or call toll-free 866-763-6481.