Tips for Choosing a Great Day Care Center for Your Child

May 21, 2013

Simply ask anyone and they’ll tell you that one of the hardest decisions that they’ve ever made was choosing a quality day care center for their children. They’ll also tell you that not every center caters to your child’s individual needs therefore, it is important to take your time when searching for a provider. After all, the early childhood years are extremely critical to your child’s overall development. Plus, choosing the right center can enhance their social skills, build stronger relationships with other kids and inspire them to express and regulate their emotions also. Here are some proven strategies to help parents like you choose a quality center for your child.

Ask Everyone You Meet and Know for Recommendations

Many parents find the best centers by simply asking everyone for recommendations. After all, your friends and family members have a wealth of knowledge and if they have young children, they’ve already screen prospects for you. Plus, they have personal experiences that can make your search even easier. With this in mind, ask everyone you know – your immediate family members and even acquaintances. Tell them that you’re searching for a suitable provider and tell them what you’re looking for. In addition, you can double-check any recommendations with a list from NACCRRA. The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies provides individuals with a list of licensed day-care facilities in their respective states. This listing provides readers with information about the day care, the family childcare regulations, inspection reports and fact sheets.

Carefully Evaluate the Daycare Center’s Features

State standards indicate whether a day care facility is licensed or not and these licensing standards vary from state to state. Therefore, when you explore different day care centers, know which features are important to you and your child. For instance, if your child’s educational environment is important, the facility should have a wide array of activities and age appropriate toys. In addition, they should have highly educated teachers who enjoy working with children. On the same token if you’re more concerned with the core values that the care facility represents then its important that all staff members share the same philosophy as you. After all, they will spend a lot of time with your children and you need to make sure their values match yours. In addition, you should make sure that the center is extremely child friendly with facilities that adequately support your child’s development and skills in art, music, sports, drama, reading, etc.

Interview the Teachers and Staff

As stated previously, you and the staff should share similar values. In addition, all teachers should have adequate training and education. They must have the proven ability to be creative and interactive. They should enjoy working with children and adequately engage them within the learning process. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask the center if their has a strong early childhood education and if they have attended trainings for professional development. Most quality centers require at least an annual training center for the teacher to further improve and sharpen their skills. In addition, make sure that the teacher-to-child ratio is adequately balanced.

In conclusion, quality childcare is essential when promoting high self-esteem and development within your child. Always take your time when choosing a great center. Never be afraid to ask for recommendations, carefully evaluate centers facilities, and interview teachers and staff. By doing this, you’ll learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of each.

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  • Ellie Davis
    September 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    It's interesting to know that if you are looking for a daycare, you need to make sure that you and the staff share the same […] Read MoreIt's interesting to know that if you are looking for a daycare, you need to make sure that you and the staff share the same values. My husband and I are looking for a daycare for our kids, and we are looking for advice. I will make sure to choose a daycare that teaches the same values to our kids. Read Less

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  • Taylor Anderson
    September 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I like how you mentioned that one should make sure the daycare is licensed. Another great tip I've heard is to drop in unannounced, as […] Read MoreI like how you mentioned that one should make sure the daycare is licensed. Another great tip I've heard is to drop in unannounced, as it will help you get an idea of how things are actually run. One of my friends has a young son, so these tips could help her find a great daycare for him. Read Less

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  • Kate Hansen
    September 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    It was helpful when you said that you can ask everyone you know for recommendations. I've been wanting to find a daycare for my daughter. […] Read MoreIt was helpful when you said that you can ask everyone you know for recommendations. I've been wanting to find a daycare for my daughter. Thank you for these tips on how to find a good daycare! Read Less

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  • Vivian Black
    October 08, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I love your tip about asking everyone you know and meet for referrals. My son loves music and I want to send him to a […] Read MoreI love your tip about asking everyone you know and meet for referrals. My son loves music and I want to send him to a care center that has an entertainer. I will keep these tips in mind when choosing a perfect professional for him. Read Less

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  • rachel frampton
    October 15, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    My son is about to enter preschool and I really want to find a great school for him. Thank you for this; I'll make sure […] Read MoreMy son is about to enter preschool and I really want to find a great school for him. Thank you for this; I'll make sure to check if the institution is not only child-friendly but will also help develop my child's skills in art, music, sport, and drama. I better start looking for a preschool around Jackson. Read Less

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