Choosing the right place for your precious child to spend time away from you can be quite stressful. Quality child care checklists compiled by professionals in the child care industry might help with this process. This list of checklists just scratches the surface and each of them focus on different parts of choosing your the right care for you and your family. Take a gander at these different lists, combine them, or maybe there is one perfect one that addresses all of your concerns. Each one is in a different format and each one has that additional question that might not be on another. Check out the below. If you want additional options do a Google search for "quality child care checklist."
- Quality Child Care Checklist from the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children. It is broken down into categories: Facility, Health and Safety, Classroom Organization, Child/Staff Interaction, Outdoor Play, Director and Staff Qualifications, and Parent Involvement.
- Monday Morning, A Professional Child Care Management Service suggests a checklist that contains these categories: Health, Home Safety, Home Environment, Professionalism, Policies, and Care
- North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education have checklists for both Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers. These checklists are a bit more extensive giving the parent a space to write the name of the facility, pricing and type of license. It also breaks out the questions as "Required by State" and "Not Required by the State" which automatically helps you evaluate what licensed facilities should be doing.
- This checklist from Child Care Resources, Inc, in North Carolina, enables the parent to easily compare their assessments of 3 different programs at a glance. The categories here are: Setting, Programming, Health and Safety, The Children, Staff, Activities, and Program Policies.
- Keys to Quality Child Care Checklist by Child Care Resource Center of Los Angeles (CCRCLA) has boxes to denote ratings by "Best, Good, Okay, or Poor." CCRCLA also provides other tips for assessing child care programs: contact, request, learn, visit, listen, count and interview. The categories are: Qualifications, Cost and Availability, Supervision and Discipline, Learning and Play, Health and Safety and Communication.
- The Northern Nevada Child Care Association's checklist is based on a scoring system. It isn't as easy to print out but the rating system provides a total score after the assessment.
- This Child Care Checklist for Parents from Iowa State University, Extension has definitions of different types of child care, the checklist for easy comparison to other programs and other informative points all in one checklist place.
- Is This The Right Place for My Child: 38 Research Based Indicators of High-Quality Child Care is the checklist that Child Care Aware of America (formerly the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referrals (NACCRA)) put together in 2006.
- Washington State Department of Early Learning has a checklist that addresses what will be eaten and when, how staff are supported and asking yourself if your child will thrive in that environment.
Republished from ChildCareInfo.com/Parents (original content inaccessible)