Child Care Quality Indicators

 

Making fruit salad is healthy and fun Here are some basic quality indicators to consider when looking for child care:

Health and Safety: Kansas Licensed programs (both centers and family child care homes) meet health and safety standards. For a KDHE Child Care and Early Education Portal Online Facility Compliance Search, CLICK HERE. Utilize this link to review the licensing history, substantial complaints or current non-compliance issues, of a child care facility regulated by KDHE.

Group Size/Ratio: Some children thrive in a large group setting, while others need the quiet and comfort of a smaller group. You should look for an environment that most closely matches your child’s personality and needs. The younger the child, the more one-on-one care he/she may need. Find out what the child/adult ratio is in each child care facility you visit.

Family Involvement: Quality programs work closely with parents to ensure that they are kept informed about their child’s development, and that they offer family members both planned and unplanned opportunities to observe and participate in activities.

Caregiver Education and Turnover: An important indicator of quality is the level of education and continuing professional development that the child care provider has obtained. In addition, low staff turnover provides consistency of care for the children.

Accreditation: Generally, being an accredited child care program means they comply with national standards of high-quality. For additional information, find out if the program has any of the following accreditations and then click on the appropriate link below.

Additional Resources:

 

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation Recipients
BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY CHILD CARE DESIGNATION RECIPIENTS

Abilene
Learn and Grow Depot

Altoona
Cindy Wickham’s Day Care Home

Bonner Springs
McDaniel Early Childhood Center

Chapman
Stepping Stones Daycare,

El Dorado
Butler Community College EduCare

Ellsworth
Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Centers

Haysville
A Step Ahead

Hutchinson
Anette’s Little Angels Day Care Home

Independence
Amy’s Agapeland

Junction City
Loving Arms Daycare Centers, Inc.

Kansas City
Tender Hearts, Inc.

Lenexa
Children’s Treehouse Learning Center
Tender Hearts, Inc.

Maize
Happy Day Academy

Manhattan
Creche at Heritage Square
Creche Day School
Hope Lutheran Early Learning Center

Munjor
Early Childhood Connections

Olathe
Erin Rae Stephenson Daycare
Imagination Station Family Childcare
Little Blessings Daycare
Prairie Center Christian Child Care

Prairie Village
Joan E. Seitz Day Care Home

Salina
Little Rays of Sunshine

Scammon
Julianna’s Daycare

Sedgwick
Becca’s Daycare

Shawnee
Tender Hearts, Inc.

Thayer
Anna Gindlesberger Day Care Home

Topeka
Christ the King Early Education Center
Security Benefit Academy, Inc.

Wichita
Academy of Learning
Adventure Planet 1
Envision Child Development Center
Kiddie Cove
Kids World Childcare Center
Little Adventurers Day Care Home
Loving Arms Child Care Center
Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center
Paula White Daycare
Small Wonders Daycare
Wichita State University Child Development Center

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