There are many different factors to consider when choosing the right daycare facility for your child: cost, proximity to work or home, curriculum, and even friendliness of staff members. However, before you take the plunge of selecting a daycare facility for your child, remember that there are plenty of resources that you can draw from! All of the resources featured on this post will direct you to specific searches that will help facilitate a more formidable approach to selecting a daycare facility.
Remember, that your child is at daycare for hours at a time, and thus, you want to ensure that they are receiving the same level of care that they would get at home.
Day Care Search
Did you know that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offer many different listings for childcare centers?
You can search for childcare centers that are licensed by the State of Texas here.
You can also search for listed family homes here. However, please keep in mind that they are not registered or licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.
You can also search for suspended or revoked childcare facilities here.
24 Hour Facilities
If you are seeking around the clock care, you can find child-care operations that might meet your needs here.
Additionally, you can also find 24 hour facilities that have had their licenses revoked or suspended here.
Remember, that your child’s safety and health will depend on your childcare selection. Even though a childcare facility may be affordable, friendly, or visually appealing, if it is unregulated there is no inspection, training, or no enforcement ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your child!
To this extent, daycare centers that are regulated by the Child Care Licensing (CCL) division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, operate with a great deal of oversight. That means that if the childcare facility does not meet the minimum standards they could potentially have their licenses revoked, or face additional repercussions from the state. This helps parents ensure that their child is placed in a warm and secure environment.
In addition to the above listings, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also have resources that help parents understand what they should be looking for in a daycare facility. Some of these guidelines are:
- Ensuring that the daycare facility is accredited and licensed by the state through CCL. One can do this by conducting one of the searches listed above.
- Check out the daycare facility in person with a set list in mind! For instance, make sure that all of the children are healthy and happy; the environment is conducive to learning, and what kind of activities might be conducted.
- Talk with parents, caregivers, and even the director of the childcare facility in order to get a feel for who will be in your child’s life during childcare hours.
There are plenty of resources that the state gives in order to ensure that daycare centers are up to par with the minimum standards. Drawing from them can allow you to maintain the care and safety of your child, even when you are not there!