Broward County Family Resource Guide 2020-2021

Parent Guide to QUALITY Child Care

Look out for… 4

Children look happy, involved in activities and well cared for?

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Teachers get at eye level to listen, talk and play with children

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Teachers give individual attention to each child

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Teachers are warm, kind, calm and patient

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There are enough clean materials for children (books, puzzles, art supplies, etc.)

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There are well-planned activities involving music, painting, etc.

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Are there policies/procedures in place to ensure all children are present/accounted for during and following outdoor play, field trips and other transition periods? Are there policies/philosophy of education for young children, discipline, on-going staff education and training, illness and injuries, napping and toileting habits?

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The facility & staff seem cheerful, clean and safe

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Hygiene practices are in place (frequent hand washing, diaper changing)

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There is adequate indoor space for play, naps, meals and belongings

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Do teachers welcome parent visits any time of the day/encourage parent involvement?

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The outdoor play area is fenced, safe, well-equipped and supervised

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Are creative activities (art, music, etc.) offered? Are they included in the rate?

Questions to Ask… 4

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Are meals and/or snacks included?

Is the program licensed? Accredited?

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What are the rates? Are there additional fees for registration, materials, field trips, etc.?

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Are reference/background checks conducted on staff?

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Does staff practice fire drills and evacuation procedures regularly?

Will my child be happy in this program? q

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How many teachers have been employed at the facility/home for more than a year?

Courtesy: Florida Office of Early Learning

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Will my child’s teacher have training in early education, first aid and CPR?

Lisa Math BS, CRPS-F, is the Family Education Specialist at South Florida Wellness Network (SFWN). SFWN is a peer run agency that works with families, youth, and adults with mental health and substance use challenges. Ms. Math is the coordinator and facilitator of Family Road Map, a training geared for caregivers of youth 18 and under with any type of special needs. For more information contact Lisa Math at lisa@sfwn.org or (954)533-0585.

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How many children are there for each adult? (adult to child ratio)

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How many children are in my child’s group/class? (smaller size can be a quality indicator)

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What are the child drop off/pick up procedures?

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