Before school, After school childcare, Child care Programs

Before school, After school childcare, Child care Programs

10 Questions  to ask prospective child care providers:

  1. What is the relationship between the childcare center and the schools in the district?
  2. Can you speak with other families who use the center to ask about their experiences?
  3. What accreditations does the center have?
  4. What is the staff-to-child ratio?  Ratio regulations vary by state, but generally are 15-to-20 elementary age children for every one staff member and 10-to-12 to one for preschool and kindergarten programs.
  5. Who are the staff members? Quality programs should have highly competent staff members who understand child development and can plan age-appropriate activities.
  6. Are activities recreationally or educationally based? Experts say activities should be engaging and offer opportunities to gain a variety of skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
  7. What’s the cost? Some programs charge for just the days your child attends, while others charge by the week. Some provide scholarships or discounts based on need.
  8. If the program isn’t in your child’s school, what are the transportation arrangements? Find out the driver’s background, the type of vehicle used and if pick-up and drop-off sites are supervised.
  9. What is the sign-in/sign-out procedure? It’s important that the program spell out who is responsible for delivering your child to the program and who is allowed to pick him or her up — and whether a photo ID is required. Also, ask about playground supervision and bathroom trips.
  10. Is breakfast available before school? Are snacks available after? Some programs offer food for the children; others allow or require parents to bring their own.

 


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