Seeking Quality Child Care - Consider These Suggestions from Providers

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?

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