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Child Care Glossary

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Quality Assurance

An organized set of activities intended to systematically ensure minimal safety of people receiving services and to encourage performance improvements.

Quality Child Care

These programs or providers offer engaging, appropriate activities in settings that facilitate healthy growth and development, and prepare children for or promote their success in school.

Quality Indicators

A set of measures that have been proven to affect the quality of early care and education and out of school time programs. Examples include: adult to child ratio, group size, caregiver qualifications, turnover and accreditation.

Quality Initiatives

Initiatives that are designed to increase the quality or availability of child care programs or to provide parents with information and support to enhance their ability to select child care arrangements most suited to their family and child's needs.