Child care answers are available for parents

To the editor:

As Minnesota children settle into their summer care routines, many parents breathe a sigh of relief. Arranging care that engages their older children, maintains the routine of their small ones, and offers some fun for all is a major lift. The truth is, parents face complex child care questions year-round.

They understand their child care choices matter. They know that, because 90 percent of brain development takes place before age five, nurturing, learning-based care is the key to peace-of-mind at work and strong futures for their little ones.

The good news is parents are experts on the needs of their own children. When this expertise is coupled with help finding and identifying top-notch care, worried parents becomes empowered consumers and strong advocates for their children.

This type of support and counsel is available in our community through Child Care Resource and Referral.

Parents using and choosing child care should keep these proven tips for spotting excellent care in mind: