10 Questions to Ask Before Placing Your Child in Childcare

1. What is the ratio of caretakers to children?

Our ratios follow National accreditation recommendations. Infants to two years are a 1:4 ratio. Two years are 1:6 ratio. Three years and older are a 1:10 ratio.

2. What are the caregivers qualifications?

All of our teachers must take the 45 hour entry level childcare course before working at The Children’s Center. They have background checks and drug testing before their first day of work. Teachers must have 28 hours of continuing education each year.

3. Will your child be safe?

The Children’s Center\’s entrance is locked at all times. Parents receive a code which allows them entrance. Within our classrooms we create safe environments in which to learn and play.

4. What is the philosophy on learning?

The Children’s Center believes that every child can learn if given the proper opportunity, encouragement, and stimulating environment. Together, we provide experiences to enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. We are committed to providing opportunities for interaction with children of both similar and different cultural backgrounds and social lifestyles. We believe that in order for children to reach their full potential, they need a creative, happy, nurturing, and safe environment, where they obtain care, guidance, and support. Children need love and caring balance with structure, boundaries, and guidance/discipline to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

5. Is the facility clean?

The Children’s Center hires a cleaning agency to clean each night. Teachers keep classrooms picked up after projects and spills.

6. Are parents welcome?

We have an open door policy. Parents may visit at any time.

7. Is there a high turnover of caretakers?

We have caretakers who have been with the Children’s Center 4 to 20 years.

8. Do caretakers provide personal attention?

Within classrooms, teachers are assigned a particular small group of children. They can then provide the nurturing and caring for each child needs for personal growth.

9. Do other children seem happy and interested in what there are doing?

When you visit the center, you will see children interacting with each other in a happy, caring environment. Our curriculum is based on age and the interest of the children.

10. Are healthy meals provided?

We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three snacks for children who are attending at the times meals are served. We have a full kitchen and cafeteria. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines are followed in the meal planning and preparations.