Tips for Choosing Child Care
Child care is a choice and an investment that can influence your child's health, development and learning skills for a lifetime.
Take time to compare your options and ask plenty of questions. Use the resources below to help you make an informed child care decision. Contact a Child Care Aware Parent Services Specialist ➜ if you have questions or need more information.
Finding and Using Child Care in North Dakota
Topics covered in this informative guide for families include:
- Understanding Licensed Care
- Paying for Child Care
- Types of Child Care Settings
- Preparing Your Child For Child Care
- Keeping Your Child Healthy
- Establishing a Good Relationship With Your Child Care Provider
- Handling Concerns and Complaints
Child Care Checklist
Includes a checklist of questions to ask on the telephone and during an onsite interview as you assess strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
- Health and Safety
- Space and Environment
- Activities and Materials
- Child Care Provider's Training and Experience
- Program Management
Look for the Bright & Early Rating When
Shopping for Child Care
Bright & Early is a research-based, 4-star quality rating system that helps families identify child care programs that go above and beyond to prepare children for school and life.
Learn more about Bright & Early and view a map of star-rated provider partners ➜.