Parents only want what’s best for their children. That’s why the decision of childcare is so difficult. Choosing a person or organization to entrust their children to is no simple task. Here are some pointers and resources to make the process just a little easier:
- Start looking as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering - a child care center or care in someone else's home - finding the right child care option can take some time.
- Begin your search by calling your local experts - your Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency. CCR&Rs can give you the facts about child care, and a list of child care options in your area that may meet your needs. In addition to what is in this brochure, make sure to ask your CCR&R:
- What are the licensing requirements in my area?
- How can I get information about complaints and licensing violations?
- Does my family qualify for any child care financial assistance programs?
- Visit the child care options you are considering. Find out about these key indicators of quality:
- Adult to Child Ratio
- Group Size
- Caregiver Qualifications
- Think about what you saw at each visit, and make the best choice for your child and family.
- Stay Involved: The work isn't over when you find good care for your child. You and your child's caregiver are partners now.
Find out more about efforts in your community to improve the quality of child care. Is your caregiver involved in these activities? How can you get involved? For more information, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency, or call Child Care Aware toll-free at 800-424-2246.