Improving the Lives of Children Who Are At Risk

group-of-childrenResearch shows that children who experience safe, nurturing, and trusting relationships with the adults in their lives have a greater chance of success–emotionally, economically, and intellectually. For children who spend a significant amount of time in child care homes or centers, these adults include their caregivers and education providers.

In a recent presentation, Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child addressed the positive impact early child care and education providers can have on children who are atrisk. For those children who experience increased stress, quality early childhood programs can make long-term differences. Additionally, having dependable and nurturing relationships with adults can “reverse the damaging effects of early life stress, with lifelong benefits for learning behavior and health,” according to The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development, an article on the Center’s website.

The Maryland State Department of Education supports this research by requiring child care programs that accept Child Care Subsidy to participate in Maryland EXCELS. This ensures that children have access to child care programs that are committed to continuous quality improvement.