A CHILD CARE CHECKLIST
Child Care Information Services (CCIS)
Department of Human Services Greene County
Amy Switalski, Housing and Family Resources Director 22 W. High Street, 2nd Floor, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5277 or Toll Free 1-888-317-7106 / Fax: 724-852-5297
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
How to Choose a Day Care Program:
Choosing a day care program for your child can be a challenge. When selecting a program, visit at a time of day when the children should be active, such as in the morning. Take your child along and don't hesitate to ask questions. Take this checklist as a guide. Don't expect to find everything listed here! Do choose the program with which you feel most comfortable. Look for:
Treats children with respect, flexibility, and patience.
Is able to meet your child's developmental and emotional needs.
Is of a sufficient number to meet the needs of children.
Takes time to discuss your child with you.
Practices good personal hygiene.
Has previous experience or training in working with children.
Safe indoor and outdoor areas and equipment.
Orderly, clean play areas.
Airy room with bright colors.
Sanitary bathrooms and diaper changing areas.
Health and Safety:
Comfortable temperatures summer and winter.
Rounded table corners and other furniture safety features.
Non-toxic play materials.
First aid kit.
Healthy snacks and/or meals.
Clean kitchen area.
Handwashing after toileting and before meals and snacks.
Separate cribs for infants and separate cots/mats for others.
Cleaning materials, medicines out of reach of children.
Proper child-staff ratios.
Plenty of play materials.
Plenty of educational materials.
Organized program of activities.
Supervised rest time.
Minimal, supervised TV if any.
A license or registration certificate from the Pennsylvania Department(s) of Public Welfare and/or Education.
Rules clearly explained.
Good behavior encouraged.
Other parents visiting.
Children allowed to get dirty naturally through play.
No children "left out".
Lots of laughing, caring, sharing.
Ask These Questions:
May I drop in anytime?
May I participate in program planning?
May I take part in special events and trips?
What are the hours?
What are the fees?
What does this include?
Is there a reduction in fee if my child is out sick?
What happens if my child gets sick or injured at the center?
Are the caregivers trained in child development?
What are the hiring procedures?
How long has most staff worked here?
May I contact staff references?
Is there a parents' group or program?
Are there restrictions on who may pick up my child?
Is the center conveniently located?
Is the center affordable?
Do I feel comfortable with the caregivers?
Do I feel good watching my child play at this center?
Do I feel that the center is right for my child and myself?
Set up a "trial day" when your child can join in activities while you observe.
After Your Child Begins Attending:
Drop in unannounced and visit regularly.
Leave emergency contact information with the caregiver.
Set up two or three "back-up plans" in case of your child's or your illness.
Get involved with your child's day care experience!
The Department of Public Welfare - the state agency that regulates day care facilities - operates regional toll-free hotlines that provide information about day care facilities in the Commonwealth. Day Care licensing staff at the numbers listed below will answer questions, investigate complaints and provide further information on day care regulations or on specific day care facilities. Copies of day care regulations may be obtained by calling one of the toll-free numbers listed below:
Central Region Day Care in Harrisburg 1-800-222-2117
Northeast Region Day Care in Scranton 1-800-222-2108
Southeast Region Day Care in Philadelphia 1-800-346-2929
Western Region Day Care in Pittsburgh 1-800-222-2149
(Source: This checklist was compiled from expert and provider research by: the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, P.O. Box 1326, Harrisburg, PA 17105 or call 717-787-8128)
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399. County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370