How do I determine if my child will receive the level of support they need in a child care program?  

Prior to enrollment, meet with the family day home provider or the director, if your child is at a center based program, to share your concerns, the child’s needs, and developmental goals.  Establish a positive, open relationship with opportunities to continue to share needs, concerns and be available for questions as the need arises. Once your child has enrolled and has been attending on a regular basis, you should pay attention to several things. Do you feel like your child is making progress? Are you seeing your child gain developmental/learning skills and be able to use those skills to do things that are important to him/her and to you? If your child is making progress and you feel like you have a good partnership with the provider, then hopefully the level of support is appropriate.  If no, then talk to the provider about your concerns.