Child’s Experience 

  • What is the background and training of teachers and staff?
  • Does the childcare center abide by state regulations for ratios?
  • Is the educational philosophy one that will fit with your child?
  • Does the curriculum balance education and play appropriately?
  • What is the amount of time spent outdoors?
  • Is a significant amount of the day dedicated to physical fitness?
  • How are nutritious meals and snacks incorporated into your child’s everyday routine?

Equipment and Supplies

  • Has the childcare center provided developmentally appropriate educational tools and aids?
  • Does playground equipment meet federal and safety standards?
  • Have learning aids and furniture been designed for maximum comfort and learning?
  • Are detailed inspections and evaluations of the childcare facility performed before any piece of equipment is brought onto the premises?


  • Does the daycare center appear exceptionally clean, both inside and outside?
  • Are there established guidelines for sanitizing the diapering stations, bathrooms, kitchens, toys and tables?
  • Does the staff sanitize and cleanse the entire facility on a regular basis?
  • When you walk around the daycare center does it smell fresh and clean?

Parent Partnership

  • How involved do you feel you will be with your child’s experience at the daycare center?
  • What kind of constant communication does the center promise?
  • How open are the teachers and staff about talking with you?
  • Are they willing to share information about your child’s activities daily?

Health & Safety Features

  • Do all entries and exits provide controlled access?
  • Are there established fire alarms/security systems/evacuation procedures posted?
  • Is there stable fencing surrounding the entire facility?
  • Is there a well-established health and safety program?
  • Is a health check performed every morning by each child’s teacher to look for signs and symptoms of illness?
  • Have all staff members and teachers had background checks?

Floor Plan

  • Does the daycare center layout allow for constant sight and sound contract with your child?
  • Is the childcare classroom configuration one that promotes safe learning and encourages creativity