Issues In Child Care
Helpful Tips and Information
Choosing a caregiver for your child is one of the most difficult choices parents
How do we know we can trust this person to keep our child
safe, to act compassionately even when we are not there, and ...to
really be the honest, kind-hearted person they appear to be? For
that matter, how can we be sure this individual doesn't have a criminal
And beyond this, how do we know what kind of care
giving environment is right for our child? What kind of toys and
outdoor play equipment are important, and safe? How should the
caregiver handle diapering, naps, and mealtimes in an environment with
so many children? And how many children can one caregiver safely
take care of?
These are but a few of the questions that new
parents, and even experienced parents, have. Listed below you'll
find a collection of resources to help you answer these questions.
We advise you to read them all, to get a sense of the different points
of view that out there: pediatric, state and federal government,
experienced parent, and early childhood educator. You'll
find that each raises some good points, and each will give you great
ideas of what to watch out for... and what questions to ask.
Don't miss our section on state regulations, so you
can find out what mandatory regulations your caregiver should be in
And above all, unless a trusted member of your
family will be caring for you child, be sure your caregiver is licensed!
While it might be okay to have a neighbor girl watch your older kids
while you run to the store (providing you have grilled her to make sure
she understands the rules), you should never leave a preschool age child
or infant with a childcare provider who has not been professionally
trained in basic health, safety, and child development, including an early childhood education degree.
Initiated by the California State Legislature, this service is
"the California registry of in-home child care providers who
have passed a background screening. All caregivers listed with Trust Line have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at
the California Department of Justice."
From the California Department of Social
Services. This is a comprehensive website with everything from licensing
forms [listed under "L Forms"], to information on "livescan"
fingerprinting, care provider assistance programs and more.
Care Debate --
Okay To Drop Off Your Kids
Offers observations about what it's "really
like" inside the walls of some childcare centers, and how
children are being adversely affected by (avoidable) pitfalls in
daycare settings. Includes tips on what to watch out for when
choosing a daycare center (or other child care provider) for your
child. Be informed!