This is a printable guide for you to use as a tool when visiting child care facilities.
5 = definitely YES or strongly agree
4 = most likely or somewhat agree
3 = satisfied or comfortable
2 = concerned, not sure or somewhat disagree
1 = definite NO or strongly disagree
_____Is the facility licensed with your state?
_____Does the facility participate in the national STARSprogram?
_____Does the provider encourage you to drop in at anytime?
_____Does the program have the highest level of licensing offered by the state?
_____Are there written personnel policies & job descriptions?
_____Are parents and staff asked to evaluate the program?
_____Is there a written annual training plan for staff professional development?
_____Is the program evaluated each year by someone outside the program?
_____Is the program accredited by a national organization?
_____What is your policy for discipline practices? Do you agree with them?
_____Are unannounced parent visits welcomed?
Staff or Caregiver Qualifications
_____Does the director of the center have a bachelor's degree or higher in a child-related field?
_____Has the director worked in child care for at least two years?
_____Are the caregivers/teachers trained and experienced in child care?
_____Do the caregivers/teachers participate in early childhood development classes?
_____Are the caregivers/teachers involved in continuing education programs?
_____Have the caregivers been trained how to keep the children healthy and safe from injury or illness?
_____Do they know how to administer first aid and CPR?
_____Have they been trained to understand and meet theneeds of children of different ages?
_____Are all staff trained on infant back sleeping and safe sleeping policies to reduce the risk of SIDS?
_____Are the caregivers trained on child abuse prevention & how to report suspected cases?
_____Do your caregivers/teachers go through background checks?
_____Do you have any part time or temporary staff members?
_____What is the average length of your teachers/staff (turnover)?
_____Are the children watched at all times, including when they are sleeping?
_____Are the caregivers/teacher to child ratio appropriate? 1 caregiver per 3-4 infants 1 caregiver per 3-4 young toddlers 1 caregiver per 4-6 older toddlers 1 caregiver per 6-9 preschoolers
_____What are the facility security measures?
_____Are toxic items (cleaning supplies, pest killers) kept secure and safe away from children?
_____Has the facility been checked for dangerous substances such as radon, lead and asbestos?
_____Is the information for poison control posted and available in the event of an emergency?
_____Does the facility have an emergency plan if the child is injured, sick or lost?
_____Does the facililty have first aid kits or supplies available?
_____Does the program keep updated information about who to contact in the event of an emergency?
_____Do you have an emergency plan? (fire, tornado, flood, blizzard, earthquake)
_____Does the facility practice drills on a monthly basis?
_____How often are the toys, equipment or furniture inspected for safety?
_____Does the facility have security cameras?
_____Do you require caregivers/children to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom and changing diapers?
_____Is there a designated area where diapers are changed and disposed of?
_____Do you require caregivers to clean and sanitize the surface after changing a diaper?
_____How oftten do you evaluate the childrens immunization records?
_____Are medicines labeled and kept out of reach of children?
_____Are the caregivers trained to administer medication and keep records?
_____Are the caregivers/teachers warm and welcoming?
_____Do they pay individual attention to each child?
_____Are positive guidance techniques used? What are they?
_____Is there a daily balance of play time, story time, activity time and rest or nap time?
_____Are the children engaged in activities that promote learning?
_____Do the caregivers read to the children at least twice a day or encourage the children to read?
_____Do the children have a consistent routine that they can understand and follow?
_____Are parents welcome to visit the facility at any time?
_____Do you have parent/teacher conferences?
_____What kind of communication between parent/teacher do you provide daily, weekly or monthly?
_____Is parent feedback appreciated and considered in making program improvements?
_____Do you provide a program policy handbook for parents?
_____Does your facility offer a parent/teacher organization?
Special Needs Children
_____Do you accept children with special needs?
_____If so, how do you accommodate them?
_____Do you have extra help in the classroom for special needs children?
_____Do you require state support for funding special needs children?
* Add up the totals of all the above scores to give a final total
_____Total Score (out of 300 points)