Evaluating Programs


The selection of a child care arrangement is one of the most critical child-rearing decisions facing parents during their child’s early years. As a parent, your challenge is to learn enough about key issues in child care to be able to make the best choice possible for your child. Begin the search and application process several months before care is needed. For infant care, this should be done early in your pregnancy.

Before making your final decision on a child care program be sure to consider the following:

  1. The child care provider's background and experience
  2. Time on the job - How long have you been providing child care?
  3. What licenses and accreditations does the center have?
  4. What is the cost of care?
  5. How do you enforce rules?
  6. How do you handle separation anxiety?
  7. What do you expect from parents?
  8. How long have the staff members worked here?
  9. Are you certified in CPR and First Aid?
  10. What is your policy on sick children?
  11. What do you do if a child gets sick, injured, or lost?
  12. Do you have a backup if you get sick?
  13. What health precautions do you take with the children?
  14. How do you handle disruptive children?
  15. Can parents drop in for a visit?
  16. What types of food do you provide?
  17. What types of learning experiences are available?
  18. What parts of the day are scheduled?  
  19. How much free play time do the kids have?
  20. How much one-on-one time does each child receive?
  21. What is the policy on late pickup?
  22. How often are parent/teacher meetings?
  23. Who are your references?
  24. Are birthdays and holidays celebrated? How?
  25. How do you manage kids‘ ongoing health conditions, such as hyperactivity, diabetes, and/or other health concerns?