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.

  • Children who are happily involved in daily activities and receiving individual attention.

  • A clean, safe environment, especially in napping, eating and toileting areas.

  • 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 sanitation.

  • A variety of toys and learning materials that your child will find interesting such as books, puzzles, blocks and climbing equipment.

  • 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 care.

  • 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.


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