We are excited to announce that the program previously known as Child Care Quality will be transitioning to be known as Growing Minds!
Here's the thought process behind the change:
- The term "child care" does not accurately capture the diversity of all the early care and learning programs ReadyKids serves. We also partner with child development centers, preschool programs in public elementary schools, corporate and university-based centers, faith-based preschools, Head Start, family day homes, and other specialized learning programs.
- "Child care" diminishes the valuable work of early childhood educators. Children are learning all the time, in every environment. We recognize early childhood educators as professionals, tasked with preparing children for school and life success. Terminology matters.
- "Growing Minds" reflects both the growth that early childhood educators experience to change their practices (their minds have to expand to assimilate new information and skills), and the impact on the children. Productive play and high quality interactions with adults actually grow children's minds!
Growing Minds will continue to offer the same services improving the quality of early child-care and preschool settings by offering coaching, training and support to early childhood teachers and directors. We hope that you will practice saying the new name with us!