More and more, research tells us that our children's healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences during the first few years of life. If you are a parent who is employed outside of the home during your child’s early years, choosing quality child care is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your child.
In Butler County, parents can contact the area's Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, Child Start. You can reach them at the website or by calling 1.800.684.3962. Simply answer a few questions (town where you are looking for child care, number of children, etc.) and they will provide you with a list of providers who have openings that meed your specific needs.
Once you have a list of providers, you can begin to narrow down your search. Call the provider and ask for a face-to-face visit.
KACCRRA provides the Quality Care Checklist (below) that may help you in your search.
- Do the children appear to be happy and involved?
- Does the provider appear to be warm, friendly, calm, and patient?
- Does the provider listen to what the children have to say?
- Does the provider talk to the children and encourage them to express themselves?
- Is each child treated as a special person?
- Does the caregiver have experiences, special training and references?
- Are a variety of materials available to help children learn and grow?
- Do activities encourage children to think creatively?
- Is there time for children to work as a small group, plus time for them to play alone?
- Is there a schedule posted? Does it show a balance of play time, story time, activity time, and nap time?
- Is there an up-to-date license or registration posted?
- Are there enough adults for the number of age of children in a group?
- Is the facility cheerful, clean, and well-lit?
- Are there enough equipment and materials for all ages of children?
- Is the equipment safe, clean, and in good repair?
To learn more about why parents may select a particular type of child care, visit Child Care Aware.