Checklists for Finding Quality Child Care

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building