As the school year wraps up, many parents will start seeking child care for the summer. Better Business Bureau encourages parents start their search early and do the necessary research when looking for the right daycare:
- Turn to an organization you can trust. Research any child care facility you are considering and look up its BBB Business Review at bbb.org. You can also turn to organizations such as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for information about child care centers and licensing requirements.
- Visit each facility. Find out how the staff is selected and what their credentials are. Ask about safety procedures and how an accident might be handled. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if you can walk through the facility. Check the bathrooms, play centers, kitchens, playgrounds, etc. for cleanliness and any safety hazards.
- Include your child in the visit. This will give you the opportunity to observe how your child behaves in the environment and around the teachers.
- Ask for references. Ask other parents whose children are enrolled in the program to discuss their experiences. Consider visiting the facility when parents will be picking up their children to gather as much information on the daycare as possible.
- Request the payment schedule in writing. Make sure the monthly cost is included as well as when payments are due. Check to see if there are additional fees incurred when a payment is late or missed. Also, check to see if you get reimbursed for days your child does not attend or days the facility closes.