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Resources for Choosing Child Care
Below are resources to use when selecting a child care facility, some which include checklists that you can use when you contact or visit a facility. The information will help you to make the best child care choice for your family!
Is this the Right Place for My Child
This guide contains a checklist of 38 questions that you can ask to evaluate child care programs. All of the questions are based on research about what is important to your child’s health, safety, and development.
A Guide for Families: Using NAEYC Resources to Find Quality Programs for Young Children
This guide is designed to help families learn about the ten standards supported by the National Association for Young Children that represent early childhood program excellence.
Putting the Pieces Together…Solving the Child Care Puzzle
This publication starts at the beginning and helps parents with the basics, starting with types of care, hours of care, age group, regulations. Many common terms and topics are introduced.
Healthy Child Care from EPA
How can you learn about environmental health issues in child care? Check the kind of plastics you use, find out how asthma-friendly your child care setting is, and learn about Eco-Healthy Child Care.
Five Steps to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care
This brochure provides guidelines for families and consumers in choosing safe and healthy child care in various settings.
Matching Your Infant’s or Toddler’s Style to the Right Child Care Setting
This brochure offers guidelines on how to use what you know about your infant or toddler – like personal style and activity level – to select a child care setting that’s just right.
Choosing High Quality Child Care for a Child with Special Needs
This brochure provides parents with important factors to consider when choosing quality child care for a child with special needs. A sample checklist is included.
Choosing a High Quality School Age Program for Your Child
This brochure will help parents in selecting a quality after-school program. It includes questions to ask when looking at a specific program.
Learning to Read and Write begins at Birth: A Guide to Early Literacy in Child Care
This brochure provides ways that parents and caregivers can build your child's early reading and writing skills. Find out simple ways for your child to have fun with literacy both in child care and at home.
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