A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

Tips for Choosing Child Care

Child care is an investment that can influence your child's health, development and learning skills for a lifetime. Take time to compare your choices and ask plenty of questions.The Child Care Checklist and the Parents Handbook for Finding and Using Child Care in North Dakota will help you make an informed child care decision.

Topics covered in this handy guide include:
• Understanding Licensed Care
• Paying for Child Care
• Types of Child Care Settings
• Preparing Your Child For Child Care
• Keeping Your Child Healthy
• Establishing a Good Relationship With Your Child Care Provider
• Handling Concerns and Complaints

This guide walks you through the steps to finding care. It includes a checklist of questions to ask on the telephone and during an onsite interview as you assess strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
• Health and Safety
• Space and Environment
• Activities and Materials
• Interactions
• Child Care Provider's Training and Experience
• Security
• Program Management