Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for when looking at childcare facilities?

Choosing a childcare facility is one of the most important decisions that you make for your child. Studies show that there is a link between high-quality child care and school readiness. Children from high-quality centers enter kindergarten more prepared for school and seem to do well past kindergarten. Things to look for include:

  • Are the children involved in activities and happy?
  • Is the caregiver friendly, warm, calm, and patient?
  • Is the caregiver talking and interacting with children on their level?
  • Is the indoor classroom well equipped and the outdoor area fenced?
  • Are you allowed to drop in to see your child at any time without notice (open door policy)?
  • Is the environment clean and safe (all chemicals locked up, safety plugs on outlets and no exposed cords?
  • Does the teacher know first aid and CPR?
  • What are the rates and schedule for the facility

These are just a few of the things that you should look for when choosing a childcare facility.
Contact the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County for a FREE copy of “Choosing Quality Child Care.”

What does my child need to know before entering Kindergarten?

A child’s success in school depends on many of the skills that he/she has learned by age six. A good way to prepare your child for kindergarten is by enrolling them in a school readiness program. School readiness means your child has the skills needed to be successful in school. Some of these skills are:

  • They know their full name
  • Able to use a restroom without help
  • Able to sit and listen
  • Able to follow directions
  • Able to hold and use pencils, crayons, and scissors
  • Know some letters, numbers, and colors

What are some ways to build a bond with a new baby?

Touch, cuddle and hold your infant. These actions let the baby know that you are there and love him/her. Also help the infant feel safe and secure by responding to needs, staying calm, and reassuring him/her when frightened. It builds trust between parents and an infant, and bonding will occur naturally. Remember you cannot spoil a newborn infant.

By 3 months of age, what should my baby be doing?

Remember, all children develop at different rates, and during your baby’s Well Check-Up visit is a good time to ask questions or talk about your concerns with the doctor. Some of the skills that babies should be accruing by 3 months are:

  • Turning head toward lights and bright colors
  • Respond to loud sounds by crying or being startled
  • Grasp objects
  • Smile back at you
  • Wiggle and kick their arms and legs
  • Make cooing sounds

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

There are many benefits of breastfeeding, for both baby and mother. Some benefits for baby are:

  • Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for baby
  • It gives the baby additional protection against some illnesses (colds, ear infections)
  • It promotes bonding between mother and baby
  • It decreases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Baby has fewer allergies and less colic

Some benefits for Mom are:

  • It promotes bonding between mother and infant
  • Feedings are quick and easy (especially at night time)
  • Breastfeeding helps you lose the pregnancy weight
  • Breastfeeding is free
  • Breast milk does not stain clothes
  • Studies show that the longer you breastfeed, the lower the risk of osteoporosis and some cancers.
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