Choosing Child Care for Children:
What About Books?
Parents visiting a child care center or family child care home that they are considering for their child should look for an environment to nurture growth and build upon what they’re doing at home.
Literary development is part of that growth. According to Joan Brest Friedberg, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Beginning with Books, "We know that to become enthusiastic, competent readers and writers, children need daily experience with books, nursery rhymes, language games, and conversation. Parents may already have a storytime at home, perhaps at bedtime. But they’ll want to be sure that the hours their child spends in child care also provide plenty of opportunities for these important experiences."
Friedberg suggests parents consider the following questions when exploring child care options for their child:
With good books and time spent talking with children at home and in child care, a child’s brain can be well-nourished.
From the Beginning with Books Program, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh