Children’s brains are literally built during the earliest years, 0-3, and just one healthy relationship with an adult, whether it be a parent or child care provider, can make all the difference in a child’s life. Across the country, in many of our poorest neighborhoods, there are women who are committed to making this difference, to ensuring that children have high-quality early learning experiences in home-based settings. In fact, the majority of our youngest, most vulnerable children spend their days in these settings. However, despite these women’s passion and dedication, their enormous potential to transform opportunities for children and families is largely ignored. As a result, many are under-resourced and under-equipped, and often unable to give children high-quality early learning experiences.
At AOK, we invest in these women - incredible community assets - giving them the resources, training, and support that they need to thrive as early childhood educators and create enriching child care programs that will serve children and families for years to come. The result is a proven triple win: child care providers build better lives for themselves and their own families; parents can succeed in the workforce, knowing their children are well cared for; and most important, children develop the skills and competencies needed for success in school and in life: independence, self-regulation, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and eagerness to learn.