Education Minute #11 - Choosing Child Care

Today, I’d like to talk with you about choosing a quality early child care program. If you’re like me, the thought of putting your precious little one in a child care program gives you serious heart palpitations! I’d like to give you a few tips to help you find the right program to put your mind (and heart!) a bit more at ease.

It is important to go visit and observe a program before choosing it. When you go to visit, there are 8 things to consider:

  • Space and Furnishings
  • Personal Care Routines
  • Staff Education Level
  • Use of Language and Reasoning
  • Varied Classroom Activities
  • Teacher/child Interactions
  • Program Structure
  • Parent Supports

Remember too, that the results from a child care program’s state licensing visits are public records, so you can get a copy of a program’s licensing assessment to double check their track record.

And finally, trust your gut. You are your child’s first teacher. You know your little one best, and if an environment will be a good fit.