In partnership with Communities for Kids, Buffalo County Community Partners is collecting data with the mission to bring awareness and inform the community of the importance of high-quality early child care and educational programs. Buffalo County’s CORE Early Education Childhood Team needs the community’s assistance to identify the needs for our early child care and education programs.

Once the survey results are analyzed, this will allow the CORE Team to partner with residents and other early childhood groups to find solutions to the needs identified in the surveys and what the community is telling us.

All residents of Buffalo County, with or without young children, are encouraged to fill out the survey.  As a thank you for taking the time to participate in the survey we are offering the opportunity to be entered into a drawing to win one of thirty, $30.00 worth of Buffalo Bucks to be used at local participating  Buffalo County businesses.  (To maintain confidentiality of the survey participant, contact information will be used for prize drawing only and will not be associated with any collection of data).

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* 1. In which community do you reside?

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* 2. Are you currently employed?

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* 3. In which community are you employed/attending school?

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* 4. Which of the following apply to your employment/school situation? Choose all that apply.

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* 5. Quality in early care and education is defined by each child’s experience. A child experiences quality early care and education as physical and emotional safety in the context of frequent, warm, one-on-one interactions with a caring adult who engages the child in language-rich and educational activities.

Is there information in the community that shares what a high-quality child care program looks like?

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* 6. If YES, please list the business/organization, office, online, or etc., where you were provided the information.

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* 7. How important is high-quality child care in your community? 1 being the least important and 5 being the most important.

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* 8. Tell us why you answered this way?

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* 9. Do you feel the child care that is offered in your community is high quality?

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* 10. Tell why you answered this way?

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* 11. How important is it to have enough child care options in your community, with 1 being the least and 5 being the most important?

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* 12. Do you feel that there are enough child care options in your community, with 1 being not enough and 5 being there are an abundance?

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* 13. How important is reliable child care that does not cause a work disruption to the community, with 1 being of least importance and 5 being of most importance.

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* 14. How important is child care that is affordable and accessible to all children, with 1 being of least importance and 5 being of most importance?

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* 15. Do you feel the child care that is offered in the community is affordable and accessible to all children?

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* 16. On a scale of one to five, 1 being the least and 5 being the most important, what priority would you give to high-quality child care availability for the future growth and development of Buffalo County?

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* 17. What additional information or comments would you like to share about child care in Buffalo County?

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