Parents Corner:

Choosing the Right Child Care Center

Choosing the Right Child Care CenterSelecting the right child care center is a very important decision for every parent. Naturally you’ll want to do an on-site visit. There’s a lot to consider. Here are a few suggestions to help you through the process.

  • Is there adequate supervision?
  • Is there a low teacher-to-pupil ratio?
  • Do you observe a lot of one-on-one interactions?
  • Are there adults trained in pediatric first aid and CPR?
  • Are there specific areas for different types of play?
  • Are the toys interactive and stimulating to the senses?
  • Are the children read to at least twice a day?
  • Are work and play surfaces kept clean?
  • Does center have a detailed plan to follow in an emergency?
  • Are first aid kits readily accessible?
  • Are cleaning supplies out of reach?
  • Is staff subject to criminal history background checks and fingerprinting?
  • Is outdoor play equipment well maintained?
  • Does the center have formal written job descriptions?
  • Does the center conduct regular parent/staff evaluations?
  • Did you feel welcome on your visit?
  • Is the center Quality Start rated?

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