High quality child care is essential for our children, our families and our society.
Early childhood care and education (ECCE) enables children's parents to work, attend school, contribute to the well-being of their families and participate in their communities. Skilled child care providers play a key role in young children’s lives. Children's daily experiences have long-term effects, and children in safe and healthy environments are more likely to grow into healthy adults.
High quality care environments and skilled ECCE providers can preserve, protect and promote children’s health through daily opportunities for healthy meals, regular physical activity, protection from communicable disease, and community connections to health insurance and routine health, mental health and dental care services.