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When looking for a childcare provider, remember to always:

  1. Be observant when visiting a potential provider and pay close attention to:
    • The inside and outside of the day care
    • Safety measures in place to protect the children
    • What activities are offered to the children
    • The interaction between the children and the caregivers
    • If the day care has books
    • The amount of furniture and toys and the quality/cleanliness of both

    Visit the day care more than once if possible, make unannounced visits, and compare announced and unannounced visits. Never stop the observation process.

  2. Don’t just look around the day care, stop and listen for:
    • The sounds of children laughing, singing, and playing
    • The teachers tone of voice
    • Interaction during group activities. It shouldn’t be quiet.
    • Noise that is not appropriate to the childrens activity. This could indicate a lack of control.
  3. Take note of the following:
    • The number of children per caregiver
    • The ratio of children to caregivers which is most comfortable to you
    • If the center or home has a better child/caregiver ration that what is required by licensing

Indicators of Child Care Quality

    Parents are encouraged to inquire whether a chosen provider is quality rated. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a nationally-recognized accrediting body, has identified key characteristics that define quality early childhood programs. These characteristics include:
    • Safe and healthful physical environments.
    • Small class size with low teacher to child ratios.
    • Positive relationships between child and caregiver.
    • Curriculum that promotes learning and development in the major development areas.
    • Qualified and knowledgeable staff.
    • Age-appropriate approaches to teaching and an ongoing assessment of children’s progress.
    The provider list indicates if you have chosen a provider who participates in a project emphasizing child care quality. Quality indicators include:
    • Texas Rising Star and Nationally Accredited Providers. These providers exceed minimum state licensing standards. They have smaller group sizes, more qualified staff, program components that address sound practices for the development of children.
    • Texas School Ready!™ Grant Project (TSR). The TSR! Grant Project is a high quality early childhood model, based proven school readiness components. This program is administered by the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI).
    • Kindergarten Readiness System (KRS). KRS evaluates the effectiveness of prekindergarten, Head Start. And community-based licensed child care programs in preparing children for kindergarten.

Map of Childcare Providers

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