Infant and toddler programs that seek to achieve or maintain excellence will give high attention and quality improvement efforts in these focused areas of concern:
AREA 1 — Foundations: Safe and healthy care and learning environments with well-trained teachers promote strong physical and sound emotional development for infants and toddlers.
AREA 2 — Relationships: Responsive and nurturing primary caregivers working with small groups of children over time provide comfort and security that builds trusting relationships and social competence.
AREA 3 — Language & Learning: Curriculum for infants and toddlers happens within the context of interactive relationships, language-rich environments, daily routines, and play.
AREA 4 — Family Supports: Programs partner with families, embracing their culture diversity, and linking them to an array of community services that promote positive outcomes.