Choosing Quality Child Care

When you’re looking for child care, you want to find a program that’s convenient, open when you need it, and within your budget. All of those things are important, but most importantly, you and your child need a child care program that makes sure your child is safe, healthy and learning.

You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your child care provider is a critical partner with you. To make sure your child care supports your child, your family and your ability to get to work, it’s important to choose a high-quality child care program. It can be hard to identify high-quality child care. For information on how to find quality child care and what a quality child care program looks like, start here.

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In this section you will find:

Starting Your Child Care Search brings you through the steps to take when you’re looking for child care. Learn where to find child care referrals and what to do once you’ve gotten a list of options in your area.

Selecting a Child Care Program helps you through the process of visiting child care programs. Here you’ll find checklists to use when visiting different types of child care programs.

Finding child care is a big decision, and it can be overwhelming. If you’d like to talk about your options or learn more about how to choose quality child care, contact us!

Additional resources:

Download "Make the Most of Your Child Care Visit"

Download "Choosing Child Care for a Child with Special Needs"

Download "Searching for the Right Child Care Program"

Download "Selecting the Right Child Care Setting for Your Infant or Toddler"

Download "Selecting a Quality School-Age Child Care"

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