Early childhood education is an essential component to the future success of children.
By the age of five, 90% of the brain’s growth has occurred. Healthy, strong development of the brain’s architecture is largely dependent on the quality and reliability of a young child’s relationships with the important people in his or her life, both within and outside the family.
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships. (2004). Working Paper No. 1. Click here to read more
Research shows that quality early child care has the capability of promoting trust, autonomy, and a true sense of happiness and well being in children. It can lead to positive social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. http://www.nncc.org/Choose.Quality.Care/ingredients.html
Waypoint is currently serving nearly 600 children daily. Of those, 129 children receive financial assistance to attend. This assistance gives children the opportunity to attend a high-quality program and gives parents the ability to work and remain self-sufficient.
Child care resources endorsed by Waypoint include:
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
American Camp Association
National Institute on Out of School Time
Family Support Services
Family Support America
Child and Adult Food Program
Government Policy and Standards
The Children’s Defense Fund
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Iowa Department of Human Services – Child Care Services
The National Institute for Play
American Sign Language