Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

You Make the Difference

Care About Quality was published by the California Department of Education in 2000.

When your child is enrolled in a child care program, one of the greatest gifts you can give him is your personal involvement. Here are some ways to have a positive effect on your child’s experience in child care:

  • Become involved: Your child will spend a big part of her day at child care. Let her know you think it is a special place for her to learn, grow, and have fun. She will get this message best if you show her by making it a part of your own life, not just a spot to drop off and pick up your child.
  • Communicate: Talking is a two-way process. Tell the provider about your child’s needs and listen to the feedback from the provider to be sure she understands and will respond accordingly. Likewise, if the provider tells you about a problem, let her know you understand. Tell her about any changes that may affect your child’s behavior, such as moving, a visit from a relative, or a new friend.
  • Discuss concerns: Many times parents want to talk about a problem right away during pickup time. Your provider may find it stressful to talk when there are still other children in her care. Ask her when a good time would be to discuss the problem, either face-to-face or, if that is not possible, by phone.
  • Volunteer: If you can volunteer an hour or so during school or child care, you’ll not only be a help to the provider, but also get a better picture of your child’s experience there. Try a simple activity, such as reading during story time or helping with a planned activity. You’ll brighten your child’s day, and you’ll have a memory to cherish together.
  • Support: Give support to your child as well as the caregiver by making sure the child is well fed and properly dressed in the morning. If the provider wishes, take an extra set of clothes, a snack, diapers, or any other items she may need. Ask about toy policies and follow them.
  • Advocate: In order for child care to improve, society needs to understand the importance of quality care. Family involvement is a way to show your support. Be an advocate for quality child care at your work and in your community. Find out about current issues affecting child care. Write letters to the editor of your local paper and to your political leaders asking for their attention to provider training and other compensation issues.
Parent Tip

Did you know there is a law called the Family-School Partnership Act that allows parents to participate in their children’s school or child care activities? The law says if you work for a business with 25 or more employees at the same location, you may take off up to 40 hours each year (up to eight hours in any calendar month) to participate in school or child care activities. The law allows you to use vacation, personal leave, or compensatory time for this purpose.

Ages and Stages of Development

Care About Quality Table of Contents

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 29, 2016
Recently Posted in Child Development
  • Management Bulletin 17-21 (added 20-Nov-2017)
    Management Bulletin 17-21 provides guidance and information to child care programs regarding the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children.
  • RTT-ELC 2015 (added 20-Nov-2017)
    Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant 2015 Legislative Report.
  • FY 2018-19 CFA Instructional Webinar (added 19-Oct-2017)
    Instructional webinar presented on October 17, 2017 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Continued Funding Application (CFA).
  • FY 2018-19 CFA Instructional Webinar Transcript (added 19-Oct-2017)
    Transcript of an instructional webinar conducted on October 17, 2017 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Continued Funding Application (CFA).
  • Staffing Qualifications (added 17-Oct-2017)
    Education, experience, and permit requirements for child care and development providers.

  • California Career Lattice Educational Requirements (added 16-Oct-2017)
    A chart depicting the California Career Lattice Educational Requirements.
  • Draft Letter to Governor (added 16-Oct-2017)
    Draft letter to Governor Brown requesting authorization for the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC) to update and improve the 2013 California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP).
  • Letter to the State Advisory Council (added 16-Oct-2017)
    Letter to the State Advisory Council requesting that the SAC approve a motion to transmit the following letter to the Governor.
  • October 2017 Meeting Materials (added 16-Oct-2017)
    This page contains supplemental materials that will be presented at the October 2017 State Advisory Council Meeting.
  • Management Bulletin 17-13 (added 11-Oct-2017)
    Management Bulletin 17-13 informs contractors that they may use digital applications to allow families to apply for child care and development services.