Coös has 13 licensed child care centers that provide early care and education to 415 Coös children, which is roughly 1/3 of the total population of Coös children ages birth to four years old.
Licensed programs are those that have met the state's standards of providing safe and healthy environments, care, supervision and developmentally appropriate activities that meet each child's physical and emotional needs.
27% (112) of Coös children in licensed care are in Licensed Plus centers. Licensed Plus is a quality rating system that recognizes NH child care programs for efforts to improve the quality of care for young children and rewards programs that strive to improve their practices and staff qualifications. It also allows families to identify programs with higher quality.
24% (101) of Coös children in licensed care are in NAEYC accredited programs. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of the Young Child) accredited centers have gone through a rigorous process of internal and external evaluation and have met national standards of evidence-based higher quality child care.
Another 31% (127) of Coös children are in Head Start programs.
In 2009, only 19% of Coös child care programs were Licensed Plus or NAEYC accredited.
In 2016, 62% of Coös child care programs are Licensed Plus or NAEYC accredited.
Data Source: Hand counts from individual child care providers.
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