When you’re choosing a child care provider, it is important to look for evidence that your child’s health and safety will be a priority. While there is more to quality child care than having a state license, selecting a licensed program is one step that you can take towards choosing a safe place for your child.

What steps can a child care program take to create a safe place for your child? Are there rules and regulations that your state has in place to protect your child’s health and safety? What kind of training should child care providers have before they begin caring for your child? We’ll answer these questions and more in the pages below.

In this section you will find:

Child Care Licensing will teach you why it is important to ensure that the program you choose has a license. We’ll discuss what it means (and does not mean) when a facility is licensed. Learn where to look for licensing requirements where you live and who to contact if you have questions or complaints. We’ll also share how to find out if a child care program has had any licensing violations in recent years.

Background Checks: What You Need to Know has important information about background check requirements across the country. Find out what kinds of background checks you should be looking for to ensure that your child care provider is fully screened.

Recommended Health and Safety Trainings tells you the ten critically important health and safety trainings every adult caring for children should have. These trainings are essential in keeping your child safe and healthy while in care.