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Much like the many available rating services that help consumers locate higher quality goods and services, Paths to QUALITY gives parents a quality seal of approval they can look for when choosing care for their children.
All Paths to QUALITY child care providers will receive a yearly visit to determine which of the four quality levels they offer children. Use the checklists on this web site to help you determine what level care you want for your child… or what level you think your current provider is offering.
The standards for Paths to QUALITY are consistent but tailored for family child care homes and for licensed centers and unlicensed registered ministries. Paths to QUALITY is a system where each level builds on the foundation of the previous one, resulting in significant quality improvements at each stage and resulting in national accreditation at the highest level. The four levels address:
The Experts Agree
Before going statewide, Paths to QUALITY standards were rigorously analyzed in a scientific study conducted by the Child Development and Family Studies experts at Purdue University.
The results of the study were clear:
Make sure you choose the best care for your child. It's a choice that lasts forever!