We asked a few of our community members what they would tell parents seeking quality child care. These are their answers!
From Little Kelli's Playhouse
- Always go with what feels right
- Find the program that fits your child’s or family needs best
- Don’t try to conform your child to the program
- Find a program that will work with you or your child’s special or unique needs
From Jacqueline Crocker
When I have new families interview with me I tell them they need to look at many different childcare environments. Most parents are confused, concerned and scared to death. I recommend they visit not only other home care providers, but also centers in our area. I give each one a list of what to look for in quality home care. I remind them that they are looking for someone to take care of their most precious treasure – their child. I may not be the right provider for their child. They need to understand that there is someone out there that hopefully will fit their family. When they are all finished looking at other places, then come back and see me. In many cases they come back to stay, but then sometimes they find another provider that fits their needs better. They call me and tell me and they always thank me for giving them the information they needed to find the right provider for their treasure.
From Kids in Motion
When looking for quality care, I would look to see what type of activities the children are involved in:
- Are they idle (sitting and looking at the box) or busy at play/activities?
- Are they happy?
- Are there age appropriate activities and toys?
- Is the room too clean?! I mean- no toys on the floor... kids are not being kids.
- Is the price affordable for my budget?
- Do we, the provider and myself, share the same principles and goals for behavior, etc?