If you’re looking for a new daycare but feel overwhelmed about where to start, here’s a quick guide for researching new daycare options.
Know the Types of Childcare
First things first, educate yourself on the types of childcare. These include:
- Daycare or child care center
- In-home childcare
- Head Start and Early Head Start
- Prekindergarten programs
- School-age programs, such as the YMCA
- Military families child care options
- Informal home childcare, such as from a family or friend
Daycare is the most accessible and affordable childcare option, but looking into other choices helps you feel confident in your choice.
Know Kentucky’s Childcare Resources
Each state has different requirements for childcare. These differences may be things like teacher-to-child ratios or sanitation standards.
Knowing Kentucky’s requirements will help you evaluate the quality of each daycare. For instance, a daycare may have passed the state’s standards to be licensed but doesn’t continue to follow those policies. These daycares should be avoided as it puts your child in a potentially harmful or dangerous environment.
To find out Kentucky’s childcare resources and licensure standards, click here.
Find Daycares in Your Area
One of the hardest parts of researching daycares is finding all the childcare options available in your area. Sometimes the search bar or map app isn’t sufficient in finding the childcare gems.
Kynect makes it easy to find local daycares with their search bar. You can search by location, zip code, name, and license number.
Once you have a list of daycares in your area, you can start to delve more deeply into choosing a quality daycare that best fits the needs of your family.
Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.
If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!