Early Learning Programs & Child Care

HEAD START

Head Start is a comprehensive program that facilitates the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children from income-eligible families. Services include education, health, nutrition, screening for developmental delays, and a variety of family social services when needed. 

Choosing Child Care

Vroom

Designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain building moments.” 

Vroom offers a variety of tools available to download for free, as well as a mobile app that provides easy access to daily  “brain building” activities.

 

Choosing Child Care

To ensure your child care supports your child, your family, and your ability to get to work, it’s important to choose a high-quality child care program.

High-quality care between birth and age 5 can help make sure that your child is ready to start school. In these early years, children learn and develop the skills and attitudes they will need to succeed in school.

Choosing quality child care can be complicated. Fortunately, there are tools to help you select the right program. From licensing and inspection report websites to The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that sets national standards for child care, which serve as the foundation for its accreditation program.

Understanding the standards can help families learn what high-quality means, and what to look for in care program.  

Developmental Screening

When you’re choosing a child care provider, it is important to look for evidence that your child’s health and safety will be a priority. Looking for a licensed program is one step you can take to help choose a safe place for your child.

What rules and regulations do child care providers in your state follow to protect your child’s health and safety? Are child care providers screened for past criminal activity? What training should child care providers have before they begin caring for your child? 

See Your States Resources

 

Find local resources on child care, health and social services, financial assistance, support for children with special needs, and more.

Learn about the ins and outs of child care and early learnings programs in your area. What are your State’s background check requirements? Does your State offer any quality improvement programs? Do you need help finding quality child care and early learning programs in your area?

Get Child Care Resources for Your State

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Vroom

Use these resources to share the power of brain building moments with Vroom.

Vroom’s website offers a variety of tools available to download for free, as well as a mobile app that provides easy access to daily  “brain building” activities.

Backed by science Vroom was developed with input from early childhood experts, neuroscientists, parents, and community leaders, as well as the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.  Learn More About the Research

Scientific Principles

Vroom tools and resources are designed to promote three key scientific principles:

  1. Positive connections with caring adults help a child’s brain grow strong and flexible.

  2. Back-and-forth interactions, or conversations, build a child’s brain in ways that help their learning, health, and behavior both now and in the future.

  3. Building life skills like early literacy, focus, self-control, problem-solving, and taking on challenges in their early years helps a child today and later in life.