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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET 6 introduc tion : te aching through qua lit y c a re Many of the activities are designed to complement the tasks and routines that are part of each family child care day. Activities have also been developed to easily com- plement the overall goals of a quality family child care program: healthy physical development for all the children age-appropriate cognitive development opportunities for the development of good language and communication skills creation of an environment that enhances social and emotional development fostering an enthusiasm about learning The activities in this curriculum purposefully encourage you to be an interactive participant. This is especially important in family child care, where commonly only one adult is present. The most necessary prerequisite in providing quality child care is your willingness to actively participate. Regardless of how expensive or how abundant the materials and equipment, the happiest and best-adjusted children are in the homes of providers who are the most directly and consistently involved. Cost-effective and easily implemented activities that allow you to interact with each participating child enrich your program. The activities are designed to capitalize on the available space in a traditional home-based setting. This is important. Perhaps one of the most dramatic changes in family child care in the past ten years is the growing trend to create settings that rep- licate center-based environments. Many providers have built additions or converted basements, or have turned over large sections of their living space, all with the inten- tion of creating settings much like those one might encounter in a child care center. One reason providers do this is to accommodate additional children and generate more income. Other providers have expressed the desire to maintain their competi- tiveness with child care centers. Ironically, these types of changes have occurred dur- ing a period when many centers are simultaneously attempting to create cozier and more intimate settings, or less “institutionalized” child care environments. The most successful family child care programs are located in homes where pro- viders have chosen materials and activities that complement the uniqueness of their environments. Typical family child care homes are able to provide young children with a sense of comfort and personalized care that is difficult to achieve in more institutionalized settings. For these reasons, it is important to assess whether cho- sen activities can realistically be implemented in your environment. For example, COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL