Choosing a Provider

Need Help Finding Child Care?

Finding and selecting child care can be a difficult and overwhelming task, from knowing where to start looking for child care to knowing how to choose the right one for your child and family. Child Care Aware®, a department of Child Care Aware® of America, educates families on how to locate and choose a quality child care program.

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Child Care Aware® shares five steps to choosing child care on their website:

  1. Start looking for child care as early as possible.
  2. Make a call to your local child care experts.
  3. Visit the child care programs you’re considering, and ask questions about key indicators of quality, such as adult to child ratio, group size, caregiver qualifications, staff turnover, and accreditation.
  4. Make a choice based on what you saw and your family’s needs.
  5. Stay involved by attending regular meetings with your child’s caregiver, offering to volunteer at the program from time to time, visiting for your child’s birthday or to read a book aloud to the children, and joining in on special events at the facility.

Visit www.childcareaware.org for a more detailed description of these five steps to choosing child care, indicators of quality programs, types of child care, and questions to ask potential providers. You will also find brochures with specific topics to help you select a quality child care program that meets your needs, an Ask the Expert feature, and even more tools designed to help you feel confident and knowledgeable going into your child care search. You can also call Child Care Aware® toll-free 1 (800) 424-2246 to speak with a friendly Consumer Education Specialist about your child care needs and questions.

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