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Published on October 13, 2010 with No Comments

HOOSIERS GET RESOURCES
To Utilize High Quality Child Care
Paths to QUALITY, Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care programs, launched a sign campaign on Oct. 5 designed to provide families with a new tool for recognizing high quality child care. Workforce Development Services, Inc. Child Care Resource and Referral hosted a press conference, with 10 other simultaneous press conferences throughout the state on Oct. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. The local press conference was held at United Way of Porter County, located at 951 Eastport Centre Drive in Valparaiso. Exciting news was announced by Kimberly Hendricks of Workforce Development Services, Inc.

Child Care Resource and Referral states. “The signs and banners will be revealed at eligible child care programs as part of a single-day, statewide effort. We recognize how essential high quality child care is to our community,” Hendricks said. According to Hendricks, research shows that high quality early learning experiences prepare children for future success in school, work and life. Paths to QUALITY is a free resource for families to use when choosing child care. The signs are intended to immediately identify providers enrolled in Paths to QUALITY that provide high quality child care. “Over 1,900 child care programs have demonstrated their commitment to quality child care by participating in Paths to QUALITY,” Melanie Brizzi, child care administrator for the Indiana Bureau of Child Care, said. “The signs are a great way to recognize the efforts of programs rated at Levels 2, 3, or 4 and to tell others that these child care programs are working to give children the rich environments they deserve.” For more information about Paths to QUALITY and other child care resources in the community, contact Workforce Development Services, Inc. Child Care Resource and Referral at 866-582-2229. To access a free, online search for a Paths to QUALITY child care program, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.childcareindiana.org” www.childcareindiana.org

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