If you are a parent looking for Child Care in Wilkes County, the North Carolina Star Rated License System can help find quality care. In 1999, the Division of Child Development began issuing licenses on a 1 – 5 star system. A rating of 1 star means that a child care provider meets the minimum licensing standards for child care in North Carolina. Programs that choose to voluntarily meet higher standards can have from 2 – 5 stars. Stars are awarded on Staff Education and Program Standards.
Program standards involve evaluations of the space and furnishing, personal care routines (like greeting/departing, toileting/diapering, health & safety practices, etc.), Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interaction, Program Structure, and Provisions for Parents & Staff.
Quality child care matters because early experiences affect how the brain is built. As a child’s brain
grows, the quality of experiences that a child has creates either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all the development that follows.