When a family calls in need of child care, the Referral Specialist will describe the types of care available and discuss which types of care are most appropriate for the family's needs.Quality child care can happen in any setting, and no one type of care is the "right" choice for your child. Types of care include:
is legal, unlicensed care being provided in a residential setting. Exempt family child care providers may care for five or fewer children in addition to any children related to the provider. If an exempt family child care provider wishes to care for families who receive assistance in paying for child care through the CCDF voucher program, they must meet the Health & Safety Standards. Health & Safety Standards include, but are not limited to: criminal history checks, drug testing, First Aid/CPR training, fire safety, safe storage of toxic substances, supervision policy, tobacco/substance abuse policy, and a check of the State Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect.
refer to licensed care provided in a residential setting. Licensed child care providers may care for 12 or fewer children at any one time on the premises. Child/staff ratios for a licensed child care home are:
A Licensed Family Child Care Home that has been licensed for at least one (1) year with no inspection or compliance violations may apply for a "Class II" license.A Class II license enables the home to care for up to 16 children at any one time. Child/staff ratios do not change with a Class II license.
A Licensed Family Child Care Home may also care for three or fewer school age children, who would not be included in the licensed capacity, if certain requirements are met.
refers to a licensed facility designed to provide child care in a commercial facility. Child/staff ratios for child care centers are:
are child care programs operated by a religious organization. Registered ministries do not have staff/child ratio requirements. Regulations for registered ministries address basic health and safety, fire safety, and sanitation issues. For more information regarding registered ministries, visit the Carefinder web site.
Quality can happen in any setting, if the adults are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment.Start your search for child care as early as possible, so you have time to investigate your options.Make sure that you visit the child care options you are considering. Find out about these key indicators of quality:
Once you have made your choice, stay involved. You and your child's caregivers are partners now. Visiting and participating in events at your child's provider sends a strong message. It tells your child and your child's caregiver that you think what your child is doing and learning is important.
This information was adapted from a brochure entitled "Give Your Child Something That Will Last a Lifetime... Quality Child Care."To read the full brochure, or for more information regarding selecting child care, visit Child Care Aware.