Staff to Child Ratio
How many children are attended by each caregiver? The fewer the number of children per caregiver the better attention your child will receive.
How many children will be in your child’s group? Smaller groups promote calmer and safer environments.
Caregiver Education and Turnover
Ask about the caregivers’ training and education. Do teachers attend classes and workshops? How long have the teachers been teaching in the program? Young children do better when they have a knowledgeable, consistent caregiver.
Health and Safety
Is the environment clean and organized? Are there appropriate discipline and medicine policies? Are teachers certified in CPR and first aid for infants and children?
Are parents invited to participate and share ideas with the program? How will the teacher share information with you about your child's day?
Nationally accredited programs are measured by standards of quality that have been established by national child care organizations.
For more information about national accreditation visit:
National Association for the Education of Young Children www.naeyc.org
Association for Early Learning Leaders www.earlylearningleaders.org
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation www.necpa.net
National Association for Family Child Care www.nafcc.org
National After School Association www.naaweb.org