Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care

  1. Call the YWCA Child Care Solutions CCR&R and speak with a referral specialist to obtain a Child Care Search referral list. (815-484-9448)

This free and confidential child care resource and referral service is for parents and families who are looking for early care and education and school-age child care programs.

  1. Follow these easy steps:

Call and receive referrals to programs that meet your family’s needs and preferences.

Understand your options. Learn about the Star Rated License and Accreditation.

  1. Call each program on your Child Care Search referral list to confirm its information and find out whether the program has a vacancy for your child.

Here are some questions to ask each program you contact:

How many children are in my child’s age group?

Can you describe a typical day?

How many children are currently in your program?

How many children are in the class which my child will attend?

Is there a waiting list? If so, is there a fee to be on it?

How many adults are there per child?

  1. Always visit the programs you are considering.

Visit at least three of the programs on your Child Care Search referral list and look for clues that show each program’s quality. Tour the programs and observe the children and the staff. Ask questions — about the staff and children, about safety and health issues, and about the setting and programming. Use the Quality Child Care Checklist to track important information about programs you visit.

  1. Compare and decide.

Review the attached checklist after your visits and compare each program to determine which is best for your family. Because your child may stay with a program for many years, consider how your child will progress through the program as he or she grows.

Carefully consider the program’s quality of care level. And above all, think about what is best for your child, use your instincts, and know that choosing quality is an important responsibility that will ensure they receive the type of care in which they and their brains can learn, grow, and thrive.

Kelly McNeal | Recruitment/Retention/Referral Specialist

T: 815.484.9442 EXT: 205 F: 815.484.9456

E: [email protected]



  1. I’d like to thank you for your explanation about the quality of childcare. We want the best for our children and grandchildren. The youngest member of our family will be schooling so soon, we’ll certainly be considering this guide as our reference, thanks a lot!

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