Why choosing a licensed child care program for my toddler / preschooler?
Many parents have had to face at a point the dilema of what's the right child care program for their child.
As a professional in this matter I always suggest parents to look for a licensed child care program. Many people seem not to know the difference between choosing a licensed program or just having someone watch their child while they are at work.
The pros about choosing a licensed child care program are many, to mention some few:
- They are State regulated, which means that all individuals dewilling in that home must be finger printed, background checked, and TB tested at least.
- They must comply with the Food program, usually run by the Department of Education, in which all foods that are served must meet the nutricional guidelines.
- All reports, citations and deficiencies that may have been found in that program have become publicv records, and are available to all parents.
- Providers must meet the guidelines to have their home licensed, being their homes child safe, having smoke detectors, sprinkler systems in some cases, fire extinguishers, etc.
- Provider must keep up with his/her studies as an ongoing process, having a minimum of x hours a years towards classes and/or courses related to the Early Childhood Education.
These are just some of the facts why I strongly believe that a child should attend a licensed program. I am not saying that having a relative or a friend of the family watch one child at a time is wrong; however when we encounter people watching more than 2 children (outside their own) and have no level of accountability I think it's a serious thing.
What do you think about this?
Thanks in advance for your time and possible feedback.