The more information you know about a program before you start the better. Checking with child care licensing and calling parent references can give you a clearer picture of the program’s quality of care.
It’s important to check a program’s licensing status before you make a decision. You can find information online by clicking here. You should also contact the licensing agency by phone.
For centers and preschool programs, call state licensing: 651-431-6500.
For family child care homes, contact the county licensing agency in which the child care professional lives:
Questions to Ask the Licensor
Another way to learn more about a program is to find out how the program is working for someone else. Ask the program you are considering for at least three parent references. Here is a way to start a conversation with a parent reference.
Introduce yourself: "My name is _____. I am considering _____for child care. She gave me your name as a reference. Would you have a few minutes to answer some questions?"
Suggestions for Questions: