Learn & Grow for Families
Learn & Grow is Alaska's new Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS). Learn & Grow launched statewide in July of 2016.
What does this mean for families?
Choosing an early care & learing program is an important decision. You deserve to know your child is in a quality care environment that fosters learning, promotes your child's unique skills and culture, and supports the development of the whole child. Learn & Grow provides families a mechanism to gage the level of quality of individual programs when looking for care for their children. When you see a program is enrolled in Learn & Grow, you know they have made a commitment to continous quality improvement. They are receiving specialized resources and training to better prepare your child for success.
What does quality look like?
We encourage you to look for these basic characteristics of quality care:
Licensed. Does this program have a Child Care License in Alaska? What education or special training has the child care teacher received? What is his/her experience working with children? Are there clearly written policies and expectations? How does this program engage parents?
Safe. Are children cared for at all times, even while sleeping? Are cleaning supplies, medicines, and harmful items kept out of children’s reach? How are children kept safe in the outdoor area? What is the plan for responding to emergencies and disasters? Is there someone present who has CPR and First Aid training?
Healthy. What healthy meals and snacks are offered? Is the children’s restroom clean and sanitary? Is the hand-washing area easily accessible to children and adults? How are children supported when they are having difficulties? How physically active are the children during the day?
Playful. What toys and games are available for children to play with (blocks, puzzles, etc)? Is there a variety? Do classroom activities and schedules accommodate all children? What daily activities promote creative expression (singing, dancing, reading, making art, etc)? Are there regular community outings, such as field trips to the library or museum?
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