It is important that parents know what they should expect from a childcare provider. In addition, parents should know what kinds of questions to ask before choosing a prospective childcare provider. We have developed the following Quality Checklist to help parents in need of childcare.

This Quality Checklist measures a childcare service in 4 categories: programs, staff, health & safety, and staff/parent communication.

 

   PROGRAM ABC Does It Yes No
1. Does the curriculum meet national standards for quality as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)?
2. Is there a goal to become accredited?
3. Are language and literacy skills development part of the daily program?
4. Are activities balanced between vigorous outdoor play and quiet indoor play?
5. Are self-help skills such as dressing, toilet training, resting, washing and eating encouraged as children are ready?
6. Is there a positive method of discipline through education versus punishment?
7. Are children given opportunities to select activities of interest to them?
   
   STAFF      
1. Do the teachers interact positively with the children?
2. Are teachers educated and experienced in early childhood education?
3. Are teachers required to have training and certification in CPR and first aid?
4. Do the teachers receive an annual performance evaluation?
5. Is there a positive method of discipline through education versus punishment?
6. Does the staff meet regularly to plan and evaluate the curriculum?
   
   HEALTH & SAFETY      
1. Are nutritious foods and beverages provided throughout the day?
2. Are health guidelines and emergency phone numbers posted clearly?
3. Are health care policies in place, including hand washing before and after changing diapers, blowing noses and preparing food?
4. Is the center clean?
5. Are emergency procedures and evacuation routes established and practiced regularly?
6. Are security policies and procedures implemented, monitored and evaluated regularly?
7. Is there adequate adult supervision for each age group and activity?
8. Is at least one staff member trained in first aid?
9. Does each child have an individual cot, mat or crib?
   
   STAFF/PARENT COMMUNICATION      
1. Are visits by parents encouraged?
2. Are records used to help parents and staff better understand the child, including daily written reports and incident reports?
3. Are there opportunities for informal and formal discussions about the child?
4. Do parents have access to child care resources through the center including information on child development and parenting?
5. Are parent ideas welcomes?  Are there ways for parents for parents to be involved?
6. Is there a positive method of discipline through education versus punishment?
7. Are children given opportunities to select activities of interest to them?

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ABC Childcare & Learning Center is working with naccrra to help bring children into our center who have a mother or father in the army by providing tuition assistance.

 

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