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Childfun Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education Center for Childcare Providers, Daycare Professionals, Preschool Teachers, Parents and anyone who works with children on a regular basis.
An employment agency / referral service for nannies, housekeepers and other caregivers. From Canada and provides services worlwide.
- Adventures in Learning - Early childhood learning programs, which provide care for children six weeks to twelve years of age.
- Ahrens Family - Daycare business forms, business information, menu's, crafts, recipes and more.
- Angela's Family Child Care - A family day care home in Tampa FL. Information provided on facilities and providers.
- Bananas Inc. - Providing childcare, daycare, babysitter and babysitting service, and parenting workshops.
- Baytree Park - Private day care in North Manchester UK. Information on facilities, and classes for different age groups.
- Birds of a Feather Childcare - Provide you and your family quality childcare. Serving the Killeen, TX area.
- Blessings From Heaven - Family childcare home located in Virginia Beach, Va. Take children ages 6wks.-5yrs. Military duty care provided.
- Busy Bee Academy, Inc. - Day care center/pre-school located in Fairfield, New Jersey enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 5+ years.
- Canberra Ave. Child Care Centre - A government approved children's service centre in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia.
- Caryn's Daycare - Daycare provider serving the Owatonna, MN area. Information on facilities, and a community forum.
- Cathy's Family Day Care - Safe, warm, fun day care experience in Framingham, MA. Social worker and mom with 13 years experience. Licensed day care provider.
- Chicopee Family Day Care - Offering nutritious meals and snacks, activities and a large yard.
- Child Care Corner - Offers resources for child care providers or parents. Resources include preschool activities, songs, games, crafts, science, and books. Ideas for menu planning, finding child care, start up and business information.
- Child Care Enterprises, Inc - Preschool and childcare services in Louisville, KY; through two state licensed centers, caring for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.
- Children's Creative Learning Centers - Learning Centers that create an environment where children feel safe, secure, loved, and most importantly have fun while learning. Information on enrollment provided.
- Connie Zelter's Page (daycare child care) - I spent 5 years running a Family Daycare in Delta, British Columbia. Contains interesting child care links and information.
- The Day Care Chick - Lancaster, CA. Information includes pictures, references, resources, FAQ's and public service links.
- Day Schools Oklahoma - Providing childcare to children of all ages in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Daycare Starter Kit - resources to purchase for new and existing family daycare providers. Daycare Workbook, Organizer, Attendance Book, Starter Kit, Forms and newsletter.
- Daycare.com - State by state listings, licensing requirements, products and news articles.
- Doves Child-Sitting - Child-sitters in the Surrey/Hampshire area. Information on philosophy, and parent resources.
- Dyker Heights Family Day Care - Serving the Brooklyn, NY area.
- Extended Day Child Care Center, Inc - Providing extended child center and daycare, before and after school care for kindergarten through fifth grade in Northern California.
- The Goddard School of Hamilton - Offers daycare for children 6 wks old to 5 years old. Also offer a summer camp program for children up to 8 years old. Information provided on enrollment, employment, staff, and a calendar of events.
- Hands to Play - Child care and day care in Portland,Oregon. Information on faculty, mission, schedules, and facility.
- Happy Days - Orlando, FL registered family daycare, open Mon-Sat, daytime and night hours.
- Happy Kids 'Round the Clock - Licensed 24-hour childcare home located in Denver, Colorado. Sick care, overnight care, drop-ins, evening, part-time. After school pickups. Swimming pool, computers, pets, playground.
- High Reach Learning - This site offers academic materials to incorporate in a day care home. This will enhance your curriculum, with its educational content and craft and meal ideas.
- Holistic Child Care, Inc. - Provide special needs child care for single parents in Colorado Springs, CO, in a holistic home care environment.
- A Home Away From Home - I run a licensed family child care home in southern Wisconsin.My purpose in putting up this site is to share information with other child care providers.
- Ivy League Pre-school - Pre-school in Warwick, RI for ages 3-5 and kindergarten.
- Jennifer's Home Daycare Information Page - Information about setting up a quality home daycare. Also available to purchase is a year long curriculum packet of activities for home daycare providers could be used by stay at home parents too!)
- Jennifer's Little Stars - After school childcare in Plano, TX.
- Juanita's Dayhome - Information abount private home based child care in Calgary Alberta. Also includes links to sites based on child care.
- Karen's Korner - Baby Steps Family Child Care - This page is designed to help child care providers, parents, and other people who are involved with children on a regular basis. It will contain menus, seasonal activities, and helpful hints.
- KB Kids - Childcare for the Junction City, KS area. Information on facility, philosophy, parent information, and links to resources.
- Kid Zoo, Inc - Providing a unique approach to childcare learning in the Charlotte, NC area. Information provided on facilities, services, current events, and franchise opportunities.
- Kids of the Kingdom - Christian family child care program for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years, serving Warren, OH.
- Kidz First - Selling step by step guidelines on how to set up and maintain a successful home preschool.
- Little VIP Child Care Center - Day care for the Wind Lake, Wisconsin area. Providing care service for 6 week olds to 12 year olds.
- Lollipop U Day Care - Daycare facilities in Fairview, PA. Information provided on various programs for infants and toddlers.
- Marias Daycare - Zocaloco affiliate offering full time care in Salinas, CA.
- A Mother's Love - Licensed daycare provider located in Cleveland, OH, providing children with a fun and adventureous learning experience.
- Ottawa Home Child Care - A listing of available home care providers in Ottawa, Ontario.
- OzBabySitter - Parents and babysitters advertise for at-home childcare position, direct connection between parents and babysitters. Babysitters advertise for free.
- Partnership Nurseries - Providing childcare throughout the UK. Infoprmation provided on facilities, philosophy, and bebefits.
- Precious Angels - Registered childcare specializing in infant care.
- Precious Angel's Family Childcare - Daycare for the Stockton, CA area. Information on programs, and reports on behavior and injuries.
- Precious Moments Christian Preschool - A Christian preschool and child care facility in Paris, TN.
- The Preschool Playroom - Family daycare services for the Midlothian, VA area.
- Shining Time Daycare - Full time daycare, Long Island, NY.
- The Sitting Service - Providing babysitting, petsitting and housesitting services to families in Fairfield Co., CT.
- Skip-A-Long Child Development Services - Daycare and child development center, with information on programs, enrollment, careers, and advocacy updates.
- Smiling Stars - Licensed home daycare serving the Royal Oak, MI area.
- Taylor's Licensed Family Child Care - City and state licensed child care serving Irving, TX and surrounding areas.
- Tender Times Family Home Day Care - Resources for parents and providers of family home day care includes sample forms, menus, activities, tips for potty-training, picky eaters, interviewing providers and resource links.
- Tender Years - Daycare in Abbotsford, B.C. for ages 0-12. Flexible hours, between Monday - Friday. Large jungle gym in spacious fenced backyard.
- Treasure Chest Daycare and Learning Center - Licensed daycare providing care for children ages 2-11 in the Seattle, WA area. Offering hands on learning, using all senses to maximize potential within each child.
- Tykes-N-Tots Family Daycare - Site includes ideas for children's activities, sample daycare contracts, policies, and student information forms, and a link to a Delphi discussion forum.
- Voitel's Christian Tots Preschool - Home-based structured Christian preschool program, located in Simpsonville,SC.
- Walton Memorial Christian Childcare Center - Childcare for the Lorain, Ohio area. Open year 'round. Accepting Head Start and Human Service recipients.
Looking for a Day Care Provider
The Do's and Don'ts
What do look for when searching for a child care provider.
Child Care Practices
- Look for a Positively Charged Atmosphere!
- Does the caregiver treat each child with dignity as the human being he or she is?
- Does the caregiver acknowledge questions from the children or is she/he indifferent to their verbalizations?
- Do the children appear stimulated, self-assured or do they seem bored or in need of attention?
- Are the children verbally praised and acknowledged for their positive behaviors?
- How are negative behaviors addressed?
Day Care Equipment
Are interest centers available for individual or group unstructured free play?
Examples: Reading nook with books and comfortable cushions.
An area furnished with "dress-up" items such as hats, shoes, caps, capes for creative "pretend" moments?
Is the playground equipment securely anchored?
Are swingsets, slides, etc. free of rust or sharpe edges?
Is the surface of the play area composed of a material such as gravel or bark (designed to cushion a fall)?
Are fences free of sharp edges? Plus high and secure enough to keep children from climbing out?
Are water fountains and toilets at the child's level?
Child Care Policies
What are the center's discipline policies?
What are their policies on dispensing medication?
Helpful hint - Ask your druggist to split your child's prescription into two bottles - one for the day care center and one for home. (One less thing to rememer each morning.)
What are the fees? (Tuition, supply, insurance, special activity fees, etc.) Is tuition due weekly, monthly? Is there a initial deposit and/or registration fee?
What is the enrollment deadline? Is there a waiting list?
Is tuition prorated for absences, illnesses, vacation?
Does tuition decrease with each subsequent birthday?
How are children assigned to groups? By age or readiness, level or both? How do children move up to a more advanced group?
Do the children view television programs or videos? Which ones and how much?
Are video games available? (Sega, etc.) Which ones and how much?
Are the children permitted to bring videos, video games or toys from home?
Meals and Snacks
Are menus posted?
What does the kitchen equipment encompass? Full service or microwave only?
Are the children permitted or required to bring food from home?
Are birthday celebrations permitted? Cupcakes vs. cake and "trimmings."
Will the center permit invitations to off-premises birthday parties to be distributed?
For Infants and Toddlers.
What must the parent provide? Formula, diapers, etc.
Are toddlers allowed to have a pacifier or favorite blanket to comfort them?
For Special Needs Children.
What provisions can be made to accomadate children who have specific medical needs? For instance: a nebulizer?
Staff and Caregivers
Longevity - How long has the teacher been employed by the center?
What is the average length of service for the employees at the facility?
What is the teacher's educational background?
How long have the teachers been in the field?
What type of on-going training does the center provide to their teacher and staff.
Are substitutes called in for a teacher's absence or are the children simply combined with another class or group?
Day Care Safety
How often are fire drills conducted?
What are the center's policies for inclement weather?
Where will they evacuated to in the event of natural disaster?
What are the policies for releasing children to individuals other than parents? Will identification be checked?
Are the staff familiar with first aid and CPR?
Are smoke detectors and fire extinquishers in good working order?
Are cleaning agents stored out of the reach of the children?
Are electrical outlets protected and securly covered?
Are the grounds free of standing water? Are their any bodies of water in proximity to the grounds? Busy roadways? Are mop buckets drained after use and never left unattended?
Are ceiling tiles securely installed?
Are all large pieces of furnishings/equipment such as bookcases sturdy and secure and not top-heavy?
That about wraps it up with enough questions and areas of concern to get you started. Good luck in your search!