What's better for my child, a child
care center or child care in someone else's home?
Neither child care setting is better than the other. The quality of children's child care experiences is mostly related to the child care provider's educational preparation for the job. The best child care providers have education and training about children. In Missouri, licensed child care providers are required by law to receive 12 hours of child-care-relevant training each year. Education is important because it teachers child care providers how to help children learn and grow. Providers learn how to plan the day, serve nutritious foods and offer fun activities that children will like. They also learn how to get along with children and families in positive ways.
Sara Gable, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, November 08, 2005