PARENTS

Choosing a quality childcare provider is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make. It can also prove to be one of the most difficult decisions to make. We encourage families to be informed about their options. To choose child care wisely you need an awareness of what quality child care is, how to recognize it, and how to find it.

 

To help you meet this challenge, we at SING Childcare offer parents with the following resources to help guide you.

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  • National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies is our nation's leading voice for child care. They work with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care.
     

  • Community Care Licensing Division, licenses and monitors Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers in an effort to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children who are in day care. They also provide a facility search for almost every type of childcare available.
     

  • Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. They do this by raising visibility for local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide and by connecting parents with the local agencies best equipped to serve their needs.
     

  • The California Association for Family Child Care (CAFCC) is one of many associations that have set up a cooperative link with the child care community. More information on CAFCC and a list of other family child care associations is available on their website.
     

  • Californians for Quality Early Learning (CQEL) aims to advance early learning quality by supporting programs in integrating best practices and advocating for thriving mixed delivery systems for children and families.
     

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
     

  • The California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) was created to serve as a voice for a mixed delivery system of public and private community based agencies dedicated to connecting poor families and their children to child care and early learning. CAPPA provides ongoing support services to child care programs and providers and access to information and connection to child nutrition programs, resource libraries, and continuing education opportunities. 
     

  • The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is working to prioritize the role of family child care and promote access, affordability and quality of early care and education. NAFCC is the only professional association dedicated specifically to promoting high-quality early childhood experiences in the unique environment of family child care programs.
     

  • Questions for parents or guardians to ask their child care provider.

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