Choosing Quality Care

Beginning the Search

The 1st steps in finding child care are to determine your needs and a list of potential providers. After that is done, you can begin to narrow down your choices by interviewing providers. Consider more than 1 child care provider. Even if you like the 1st one you visit, it's useful to compare your impressions with others. The more time you spend on this important decision, the more likely you will be happy with your choice.

What to Give the Provider

Give the provider your name, as well as the name, age, and sex of your child(ren), when care is needed, where you got their name, and when you need to start.


Even if you like the way a provider answered your questions over the phone, don't stop there. Ask when you (and your partner) could meet with the provider to gather more information and to allow them to interview you. This will also give you a chance to observe the provider(s) in action and inspect the site.

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