Four Helpful Hints

Make Choosing Child Care a Breeze

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Communicate with the potential child care provider about parenting styles and your expectations of the child care facility. Write down questions in advance so nothing important is forgotten. Listening is also a part of communicating. Listen to what the provider is saying. Repeat and rephrase, in order to have a better understanding of what has been said.

Accreditation is a voluntary system by which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards. Going beyond minimum licensing standards, accredited programs make a commitment to excellence. Caregivers in accredited programs take part in on-going training. They are more likely to understand children’s needs at different ages, plan appropriate activities, interact with children in warm and stimulating ways, and provide positive guidance for children rather than harsh discipline. Click here to read more about program accreditation.

Read the contract thoroughly before enrolling. Be sure you understand payment agreements, health and nutrition policies, drop off and pick-up policies, rest periods, holidays, discipline, educational goals and general philosophies.

Evaluate the program. Visit the program at different times of the day. Use all five senses...look around to see if staff are actively engaged with the children. Does the site appear clean? Do the children sound happy?

For more helpful hints on choosing child care, visit these New York State Office of Children and Family Services links:

Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions and speak to a Parent Educator by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing Tricia Howland.