Visit several child care centers or homes.
Visit each location more than once.
Does the place seem safe?
Do the caregivers seem to like children?
Do they talk with each child at eye level?
Are the children happy?
Are there plenty of toys within a child’s reach?
Ask questions about the level of training of caregivers.
Have they taken child development classes?
Are they experienced in CPR?
Is the facility accredited?
What does the classroom sound like?
Do the children seem content and involved?
Count the number of children versus caregivers.
A small number of children per adult is most important for babies or younger children.
Call Collaborative for Children to find out more about licensing requirements, parent education, staff-child ration, accreditation and more.