Choosing a Quality Provider

The Provider:

 Can provider furnish references?
 Is the provider licensed?
 Are providers patient with parents who find it difficult to separate from their children?
 Does the provider enjoy being with children?
 Does provider hug, rock, cuddle, talk, and sing to the children?
 Is the provider knowledgeable about child development stages and trained in early childhood education?
 Does the provider respect your family’s values and culture?
 Does the provider regularly inform you about how your child is doing?
 Are you comfortable communicating with the provider about your child’s needs?

The Program:

 What is the adult-to-child ratio?
 Does the center have a high staff turnover?
 Are there opportunities for staff to learn more about early childhood education?
 Are there opportunities for parents to get involved?
 Is information shared about how you can support your child’s learning at home?
 Is transportation to and from school provided?
 Does the provider’s discipline method match yours?
 What is the daily routine? Is it too strict? Too relaxed?
 Are the activities and toys right for your child’s age?
 Are there plenty of materials and a variety of items for your child to play with?
 When applicable, how does the provider accommodate children with special needs?

The Environment:

 Is the home or facility clean and safe?
 Is the home or facility cheerful and interesting but not over stimulating?
 Are there separate areas for diapering, sleeping, resting, and exploring?
 Is there adequate indoor and outdoor space for children?

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