Whether you are a parent or child care provider, this chart shows you the basics about child care options in Oregon so you know what questions to ask and can find where you fit best.
Click on the links below for a guide to find your child care fit!
No matter what type of care you are considering, whether a child care center or care in someone else’s home, finding the right child care option can take some time. Many quality child care businesses are full.
Call the child care business, set up interviews, and plan to visit each place that you have been referred to by your CCR&R program.
When visiting the child care business, find out about the number of children in care and how many children there are for each adult. Ask about the training and education of the child care professional. Check how long the child care business has been providing care. Find out if the child care business is licensed, and if it is accredited, what standards it meets. Check references and the child care business complaint history.
Did the children look happy? Was the environment clean, inviting, engaging, and stimulating? Were the children supervised at all times? Were the children served nutritious meals? Were the children engaged in play with educational opportunities? Were the staff well-trained? Can you visit your children at any time?
Think about what you saw at each visit; then make the best choice for your child and family. Does the child care professional relate well to children? Is the setting appropriate for children? Is it safe?
The work isn’t over when you find good
care for your child. You and your child care professional are partners
now. Have regular meetings, volunteer time when needed, and be there for
your child’s special events.
Note: The referrals your local CCR&R program has given you are not recommendations. The CCR&R cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information nor the quality of child care.
· Developmental Screening: asqoregon.com
· Need help paying for childcare: https://apps.state.or.us/cf1/ERDC/index.cfm?fuseaction=calculator.display
· Inclusive Child Care Program: oregoninclusivecc.org
· Oregon health Plan: http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/healthplan/Pages/index.aspx
· Creating Opportunities: www.creatingops.org
· National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) http://families.naeyc.org/
· Zero to Three www.zerotothree.org
· Child Care Aware: www.childcareaware.org
· Parents as Teachers: www.parentsasteachers.org
· US Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/
· American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
· Healthy Child Care America: www.healthychildcare.org
· USDA www.usda.gov
· National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC): www.nafcc.org
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