Go in and take a look. Look for happy kids, a clean room, kids artwork on the walls (DATED, so you know it wasn't a one time thing), an open door policy so you can check in whenever you want, a wide variety of toys/games/activities/learning tools/books, state licensing.
In teachers, look for: someone who get son eye level to talk to kids, someone who sits on the floor to play, someone who can discipline w/o raising their voice or scaring anyone, people who are comforting.
Ask about: meals- provided or no? Diapers- provided or no? Teachers- credentialed or no? These aren't deal breakers, but are things you need to know.
Also, check out NAEYC.org. They run a nationwide accrediting program. Centers have to reach much higher standards to be accredited by them, so you know the center is a bit higher on the scale.
at 4:53 PM on Jul. 21, 2010