Choosing a day-care provider: Your checklist

Tips for selecting a daycare provider:

  • Visit the facility twice: once by yourself to ask questions, and once with your child to observe.

  • Know your state's licensing regulations. Do they include mandatory CPR training, frequent inspections, background checks, fingerprinting and TB tests?

  • Before you begin the search, write your "wish list" for a caregiver. Update and delete as your perceptions change. When you think you have found someone, make sure he or she fits the bill on the majority of "wish" list items.

  • When placing an ad in the paper, use the phone to screen thoroughly. Only visit the top candidates.

  • Always check references.

  • If you see parents on-site, be subtle but try to get impromptu references.


  • Before acceptance, ask yourself, "Do I feel completely confident with this person?"


  • Don't settle. Keep looking until you find the right person!

Page Two: Questions you need to ask

Page Three: Important things to observe when visiting a day-care facility



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