Choosing Childcare

Child Care SearchThe childcare choices you make provide a foundation for your child.

They can enhance skills, promote development, and prepare your child for success down the road. So make sure you do your homework and visit each site before choosing one. 
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Here are some things to look for when visiting:

The Providers:

  • Seem to really like children
  • Respond promptly to signs of distress
  • Give your child individual attention
  • Speak in a steady, relaxed manner with children and parents
  • Listen to children and parents carefully
  • Have experience and training in child development
The Place:
  • Is state licensed or regulated
  • Is bright, pleasant, and in good repair
  • Is clean, neat, and smells good
  • Has enough space for the number of children
  • Is safe for children both indoors and outside
  • Has "child-sized" furnishings and equipment
  • Has additional accreditation
In General:
  • Your child seems to be happy
  • You feel comfortable with the place and the people
  • You are allowed to visit at any time
  • There are enough providers for the number of children
  • Activities are right for your child's age and abilities
  • There is a daily routine that balances active and quiet time
  • Nutritious meals are provided
  • There are clear procedures for dealing with a child's behavior, which you agree with
Checklist Source: Building Bright Beginnings: Seek and Demand Quality Child Care