Choosing Quality Child Care


Choosing Quality Child Care

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The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral knows that finding quality childcare is not easy. In fact, most parents often do not know the right questions to ask, nor do they know what to look for when visiting a child care facility. Always remember the best answer to selecting appropriate child care is to use your instincts. If the facility, staff or provider does not “feel” right, then it is probably not the best place for your child.

Here are a few guidelines to evaluate when considering a family child care home or a child care center for your child.

  • LOOK: Visit the home or center more than once and at different times
  • LOOK: Is the environment clean and safe?
  • LISTEN: How does the setting sound? Is there positive interaction? How does the provider greet you and your child?
  • ASK: Inquire about staff training, education, experience, and turnover rate
  • COUNT: What is the staff to child ratio?
  • FIND: What is the provider doing to improve or maintain quality child care?
  • ASK: What activities are offered to encourage family involvement? Are children allowed to bring items from home (toys, blankets, etc.)?


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For more information, call and speak to one of our specialists.

Toledo Region: 800.632.3052
Lima Region: 800.992.2916
Mansfield Region: 855.548.9598



Disclaimer: YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral does not license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider nor can assure you that any provider gives quality care.

Mansfield Region: Serving Crawford, Marion, Morrow, and Richland Counties
Lima Region: Serving Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, Van Wert, and Wyandot Counties
Toledo Region: Serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Williams, and Wood Counties