Help Selecting Childcare

Where do we start?

You and your spouse have a difficult decision ahead of you.
You want to make sure you are comfortable with the caregiver
you choose, so take your time with the interview process.
Remember that the providers are also interviewing your family for a
good fit for their childcare program. Below are some questions you
may want to use:
Interviewing Questions?

• What licensing and certificates do you hold?
• How long have you been in professional child care?
• Do you have children of you own?
• Do you do a school run?
• Do you go on Field trips?
• Do you provide car seats?
• Do you have scheduled activities?
• Do you have emergency procedures?
• What other adults will be around?
• Do you have pets?
• Daily schedules or curriculum? (not just academic, but life skills
as well)

Disclaimer: Referrals are for informational purpose only. Parents are
encouraged to investigate any childcare facility they may consider
using. Do not make your decision over the phone. Schedule a visit
to several homes. Remember that less expensive is not always
better. Paying a little more generally will give you the security &
peace of mind you are seeking in a Home Childcare.

We are a group of “HOME” childcare professionals providing
quality-loving care in our homes. Our organization meets monthly
for training, which meets state and local requirements to enhance
our programs. Through this network of providers, we support one
another and exchange ideas to enrich the children’s lives that we
care for every week.
Many of our members are affiliated with the TPHCCA
(Texas Professional Home Child Care Association) and the NAFCC
(National Association for Family Child Care), as well as other child
centered organizations.

What is Family Day Care?
Family child care is an attractive option for many families, in part
because the care setting is essentially a home away from home.
Quality care providers can offer families the comfort of care in a
setting similar to what kids are used to at their own home,
complete with a living room, play area, kitchen, back yard
and bathrooms. In-home providers typically treat their day care
children as extended members of their own family, and a small
(and manageable) number of children in their care means that the
they can often take “family” outings to the park or story hour, or
even nature hikes or sidewalk strolls.

Why Does Quality Child Care Matter?
Studies have shown that from birth to age five children develop
at a rapid pace and their experiences form the foundation for their
physical, social, cognitive, language, and emotional development.
Critical to this is providing infants and young children with
opportunities to interact with people (i.e., parents, caregivers,
siblings, etc.) and the environment.  Since many parents of young
children work, individuals in out-of-home settings care for their
children.  Thus, it is imperative that children be provided healthy,
safe, and stimulating environments so they can develop to their
fullest potential.