Selecting A Center

The following checklist is an educational tool we provide to parents and caregiviers to help them ask the right questions when looking for a childcare center. We have also included the same checklist in a PDF file at the bottom of the page that you may download and print.

          Checklist


 Interior

 

 

 Do you get a good feeling when you enter the Center?

 Yes 

 No 

 Is there a guest book for signing in? 

 Yes

 No

 Is there useful information displayed for families?

 Yes

 No

 Were you greeted upon entering the facility?

 Yes

 No

 Is the Center state licensed?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Kitchen

 

 

 Are the meals prepared on site?

 Yes

 No

 Are there menus for the month posted and/or available to take home?

 Yes

 No

 Is breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Classrooms

 

 

 Are the classrooms inviting, attractive and appealing to children?

 Yes

 No

 Are classroom activities age-appropriate?

 Yes

 No

 Are decorations seasonal and/or related to a theme?

 Yes

 No

 Are the teachers caring and responsive, interacting with the children?

 Yes

 No

 Is the atmosphere happy and busy?

 Yes

 No

 Is there a cubby area for children to store their coats and personal belongings?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Infant Room

 

 

 Are the bottles labeled with the children’s names?

 Yes

 No

 Are there enough cribs for all the infants?

 Yes

 No

 Are there toys and activities for all stages of development?

 Yes

 No

 Is the room clean?

 Yes

 No

 Are the toys sanitized daily?

 Yes

 No

 Are the meals, nap times and overall care personalized to you and your infant?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Wobbler and Toddler Room

 

 

 Does the Center offer a toilet training program that involves parents?

 Yes

 No

 Are the toys sanitized daily?

 Yes

 No

 Are play and daily routines used as opportunities for nurturing and learning?

 Yes

 No

 Do the toys and materials off interesting and challenging activities?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Preschool 1 and 2

 

 

 Does the curriculum prepare your child for kindergarten?

 Yes

 No

 Are the children read to at least twice a day?

 Yes

 No

 Do the children receive one-on-one interaction with a teacher?

 Yes

 No

 Are writing materials available to children?

 Yes

 No

 Are a wide range of instructional methods used, such as small-group learning, whole-group learning and individual
 learning?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Health and Safety

 

 

 Is there a safety plan in place, in the event of an emergency?

 Yes

 No

 Are children adequately supervised?

 Yes

 No

 What are the procedures for who is allowed to pick up a child?

 Yes

 No

 Are all outdoor play areas fenced in?

 Yes

 No

 Are there individual play yards for different ages?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Director and Assistant Director

 

 

 Was the Director professional and well informed?

 Yes

 No

 Was she knowledgeable and thorough during the tour?

 Yes

 No

 Did she take the time to address your questions and comments?

 Yes

 No

 Did you feel comfortable with her answers?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Staff

 

 

 Are the Staff Members experienced with young children?

 Yes

 No

 Are the Staff Members CRP/First Aide Certified?

 Yes

 No

 Are the Staff members friendly and welcoming?

 Yes

 No

 

 

 

 Miscellaneous

 

 

 Is the Center open all year round?

 Yes

 No

 Does the Center have a referral program where you can earn free tuition or discounts?

 Yes

 No

 Is tuition due weekly, monthly or annually?

 Yes

 No

 Will you receive a yearly tax receipt for income tax purposes?

 Yes

 No