Early Childhood

Steps to choosing Child Care - Take the Time to Make the Right Choice for Your Family

From a publication of:
Maine Department of Health and Human Services,
Early Childhood Services - Child Care and Head Start

Phone ahead and ask questions

  • Do you have an opening?
  • What days and hours is care available?
  • What ages of children are accepted?
  • What is the group size? Number of care givers?
  • Can I visit anytime?
  • What is the cost?
  • What is included in the cost? (For example, meals, diapers, etc.)
  • Do I pay when my child does not attend?
  • How are fees charged? Hourly, weekly?
  • Can I get child care on holidays and vacation days?
  • Is there any financial assistance available?
  • Is the program licensed or certified?
  • Does the program have a Quality Certificate?
  • What kind of insurance do you carry?
  • What is your policy for dealing with sick children?
  • Are meals and snacks provided?
  • Are parents asked to do things for the program?
  • Are there regular parent conferences/meetings?