Selecting a Child-care Provider

What Should I Look for When Choosing a Child-care Provider?

Looking for the best care for your child can be a challenge. Finding the right environment is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We understand. That is why we have created this Child-care Decision Guide. Use it to assist you with your search. Take this guide with you when you visit child-care centers so you can easily compare and make the best decision for yourself and your child.

At Knowledge Beginnings, we are proud to be a member of KinderCare Education, which has spent over 35 years providing exceptional programs and services to children and families. KinderCare Education has over 1,700 child development centers, making it the nation's leading child-care provider. Our reputation for excellence is due to an exceptional curriculum developed by educational experts, our passionate and dedicated teachers, and the special environments we have created just for children.

Where Knowledge Beginnings Goes Beyond

We understand that you want to be certain you have made the best choice for your child. At Knowledge Beginnings, we create a joyful, warm, and safe environment for your child. Below are some questions to ask yourself about your overall experiences when you visit other providers.

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Did you feel comfortable with the person who will take care of your child?
Did you feel that your needs were understood and respected?
Did you feel that the teachers listened to you and answered your questions effectively?
Did you feel that the teachers would partner with you in developing your child's potential?
Did the center staff and teachers convey warmth and a sincere interest in you and your child?
Did you feel that you could speak openly and honestly about questions or concerns with the Center Director?

Ten things to look for when you visit any child-care center:

  1. The teachers and staff you meet in the center listen and care.
  2. The caregiver-to-child ratio allows your child to receive plenty of individual attention.
  3. The teachers have a passion for what they do, and they receive comprehensive professional development.
  4. The center offers a research-based program that fosters confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning.
  5. The playground and classrooms are safe, and the entrance and building are clean and secure.
  6. You receive daily communication, both verbal and written, about your child's activities.
  7. You are encouraged to drop in at any time to see your child.
  8. The teachers meet with you on a regular basis to share your child's progress.
  9. When you ask for references from other parents, they are readily provided.
  10. The center offers flexible scheduling to meet your family's needs.