Health and Safety Code mandates that:
- All adults working with children in a child care center or living in the family child care home setting pass a criminal background check and be free of tuberculosis.
- The in‐home licensee and at least one person on site at the child care center complete 16 hours of health and safety training, including preventative health, CPR, and pediatric first aid.
- Child care center staff has completed college courses in child development. Licensed family child care providers are not required to take college courses in child development; however, some voluntarily do.
- Adult‐to‐child ratios do not exceed child care regulations.
- The program meets building, fire, and zoning codes according to facility type.
- In the FFN’s home
- In the parent’s home
- In a school‐based child care program
- In a youth recreation program
The “Next Steps” to Finding Child Care
1. Prescreen programs by contacting them to learn if their openings meet your schedule, child care cost is affordable, etc., and if desired make an appointment to visit/interview them.
2. Determine the questions you want to ask the providers/programs during an interview that will help you decide if the program would be a right fit for your child and your family.
3. Get references from other parents – ask the programs for parent names and contact information to learn about their experiences and satisfaction.
4. Contact Community Care Licensing Division to learn about program’s licensing records.
5. Schedule a follow‐up visit and/or contact the program to enroll and obtain paperwork.
6. Complete and submit necessary paperwork to enroll your child into the program.
Checking Parent References - Questions to Ask Parents During a Reference Call
- How long ago was your child in care there?
- How long did you use this provider/program?
- Did they meet your expectations?
- What did you like best about the child care?
- What did you like the least?
- How was communication, were you able to discuss and work out conflicts?
- Did the program provide activities that supported your child’s learning and development?
Your Child’s First Day at Child Care
- Pack items needed ahead of time so you are not rushed and stressed.
- Discuss what’s going to happen that day and when you will be back.
- Be positive and upbeat; show that you trust the provider.
- Assure your child that they are going to be well cared for.