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What does a licensed program look like?

With so many different choices, selecting the right child care can be confusing. From licensed child care centers to registered child care homes, there are many options you need to explore. Also, keep in mind that not all child care providers are required to follow the rules necessary to be licensed by the state.

In addition to being licensed, child care providers can choose to be rated as well.  Providers who enroll in the ABC Quality Rating and Improvement System meet higher quality standards that go beyond Licensing requirements to achieve their rating, including standards for nutrition and physical activities.  You can see ratings for providers that are enrolled in ABC Quality when you search for child care providers on this website.  Click here for more information about the ABC Quality Program.

To help make your search easier, we’ve created these checklists to use when you visit potential providers – to help you look, listen and ask:

Parent Checklist for Child Care Centers

Parent Checklist for Family Child Care Homes


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