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Before You Search for Child Care

Steps to Choosing and Using Child Care

Learn all you can so your child can learn and grow!

  1. Learn about the types of child care programs available.
  2. Search: use our online search or speak with one of our trained child care specialists (1-888-291-9811).
  3. Reach out: call caregivers to check for openings. Telephone interview questions.
  4. Visit programs and use our Choosing and Using Child Care Checklist to make the most of your visit.
  5. Check references: other parents will share their experience. Sample script.
  6. Check licensing records. Check to be sure programs have a clean health and safety record.
  7. Make your choice: Confirm your start date with your chosen care program.
  8. Introduce your child to their new care setting. Making the transition to child care.
  9. Monitor: keep in touch for peace of mind. Successful child care.