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How to Choose a Quality Child Care Program

​1. Learn more about the key characteristics of high-quality programs by clicking here.
2. Check out the NAEYC for Families resource page on What to Look For in a Program, which includes checklists you can take with you when visiting programs.

3. Decide on a setting
Think about what kind of early learning setting you would like for your child. Some questions you might consider are:
  • Are you looking for a certain philosophy such as Montessori or Reggio? 
  • Is connection to your faith important in an early learning experience? 
  • Do you want a program built around parent participation, such as a co-op, mommy and me, or Learning Link program? 
  • Would your child thrive best in a center or in a home environment?

4. Identify early learning programs in your area
There are a couple of ways you can find programs near you:
  • Click here to find a Quality Start OC Participating Program near you.
  • Call Children's Home Society at (714) 456-9800. They can describe the types of programs available and give you a list of local providers. 

5. Visit the programs you have chosen
  • Call to find out if your top choices have openings and schedule a visit or tour. 
  • Use this list of questions to help you remember what to look for
  • Then use this checklist to ensure you have considered everything.