Signs of Quality Child Care
When you visit a child care program, look for these signs of quality child care:
A current county home child care permit or state license, indicating
that the program meets basic health and safety guidelines. Check the
expiration date to be sure the date is current.
Responsive, nurturing and warm interactions between the caregiver and
Children who are happily involved in daily activities and receiving
A clean, safe environment, especially in napping, eating and toileting
Nutritious meals and snacks. Choosing a provider who
participates in the USDA Food Program means your child will get ¾
of his/her daily nutrient requirements. USDA providers are required to
attend training on meal planning, food preparation, food safety and
A variety of toys and learning materials that your child will find
interesting such as books, puzzles, blocks and climbing
A plan for daily activities that creates an environment that encourages
a child's learning and development.
Adequate space and enough toys for the number of children in
Organized approach to the business aspects of child care as reflected
in a contract agreement with parents about fees, schedules, sickness
policies, emergencies, etc.
Comfortable, ongoing communication with parents.
Child care professionals who participate in regularly scheduled training opportunities.
- An emergency plan that includes the preparation of a mobile emergency kit, practice of evacuation/fire drills, a shelter-in-place plan and supplies, and up-to-date emergency information.
Attend the next Choosing Child Care Seminar to learn more about how to maintain a good child care arrangement.