Choosing Quality Care

Tips on Finding Quality Care

Interview and observe the potential provider with the child.

    • Explore why this caregiver wants to care for children.
    • How does s/he fee about this type of work?
    • Is this person warm, caring, attentive and responsive to the child?

 Ask the potential provider:

    • What is a typical day like with the children?
    • What are their feelings and approach to discipline?
    • How to they handle naps, eating and toilet learning?
    • How are emergencies handled?

 Ask a lot of “what if” questions, for example:

    • What if my child cries frequently?
    • What if my child refuses to eat?
    • What if my child won’t nap?

Check potential provider’s references and work history. Trust your instincts! Hire someone you like. Hire someone your child likes.

Check a facility's licensing record with the California Department of Social Services HERE.

Once you have found a provider, be sure to communicate regularly and openly about how the child care arrangement is working.

Call 626-856-5900 ext. 3 and we’ll mail you a Choosing Quality Child Care pamphlet or you may print the checklist below to get started with your search.