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  • 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.


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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?


    Day Care
    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?


    Child Care
    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?


    Day Care
    For Special Needs Children.


  • What provisions can be made to accomadate children who have specific medical needs? For instance: a nebulizer?


    Child Care
    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!


 
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