5 Steps To Choosing Care -
This information is taken directly from Child Care Aware. Visit the following link for more information on choosing a child care provider: http://childcareaware.org/parents-and-guardians
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.
Make a Call
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. Make sure to ask your CCR&R:
Visit and Ask Questions
Visit the child care options you are considering. Find out about these key indicators of quality:
Make a Choice
Think about what you saw at each visit, and make the best choice for your child and family.
The work isn't over when you find good care for your child. You and your child's caregiver are partners now.
Here are some ways to be involved:
Even if you can't get time off from work during the day, you can still check in at drop-off and pick-up times. Ask the caregiver how things are going, and how your child is doing.
Visiting and participating in events at your child's provider sends a strong message. It tells your child and your child's caregiver that you think what your child is doing and learning is important.
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