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How to Find Child Care

Choosing the right caregiver is one of the most important decisions that a family can make. Get as much information as you can to make sure the choice you make is the best one. Talk to friends, family members, and other parents with children in child care and get their opinions.

When looking for the best caregiver for your family, visit several facilities/providers and compare. Follow this checklist:

  • Watch the staff/provider and children interaction.
  • See what activities are available for the children.
  • Ask questions and make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction.
  • Check for a current license or certificate and that any current deficiencies are posted.
  • Things to think about when choosing a provider:
    • the child's age;
    • the child's personality;
    • the locations of the facility/provider compared to your home and workplace;
    • the hours of the facility/provider and any fees charged.
  • After your child is in a facility, drop in unannounced at various times of the day to see what the conditions are like. If you see anything that makes you uneasy during your visit, talk to the caregiver or the director about your concerns. Keep going back to the facility/provider to check on things. Watch for recurring bumps or bruises or changes in your child's behavior. Talk to other parents when you pick up your child. Compare notes with them. Trust your instincts and look for another child care facility/provider, if necessary.
For Additional Information

Child Care Resource and Referal 

External LinkChild Care Resource and Referral provides resources to parents on finding quality child care and information to providers concerning training. For a list of child care facilities in your area, call (877) 316-3552.


STARS for KIDS NOW is a voluntary rating system to identify child care centers and homes that go beyond licensing and certification requirements. Programs are rated for quality using a four level system.


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Last Updated 12/6/2017