The FTC requires me to tell you that I am compensated as a Brand Ambassador for Arkansas Better Beginnings. As a Brand Ambassador I do receive payment for being part of their program, page but most of all, approved I receive the information I need as a “new again mother” to give our little angel the best chance to get her on her way to being all she was created to be.
Choosing a child care facility for your new baby can be difficult. I remember touring several places with my last child and thinking “NO WAY” on a few of them. Finally, we found a facility that we loved and got on the waiting list. Apparently, everyone else in Central Arkansas loved that place too! But eventually, a spot opened up for my baby girl and she stayed there until she started Pre-K. Little did I know that first go-round that the State of Arkansas Better Beginnings program has a quality ranking system for child care facilities. Three stars is the best. And the place we loved — guess what — it’s a 3-star facility! No wonder it’s so amazing!!! (For a description of what it means to be a 3-star facility, click here.)
Research shows that a child’s early care and education play a critical role in a child’s brain development. The developing brain is affected by every experience and interaction, both positive and negative. Positive learning environments for children produce tremendous brain development and positive, nurturing relationships at these early ages are essential for healthy social-emotional development.
One of my favorite things on the Better Beginnings website is the “Choosing Child Care Checklist.” You can print it out or use the app — it guides you through your tour of possible child care facilities with questions to ask. SUPER HANDY!