AFEL Tips: How to Recognize a High Quality Childcare Program!
Is the program’s license displayed in a visible location?
Is the center in Keystone STARS or another accreditation program?
HEALTH & SAFETY
Do bathroom and food preparation areas look and smell clean?
Are fire extinguishers and a fire-emergency plan visible?
Are there soft spaces for reading, relaxing, and quiet games as well as spaces for active play?
Are classroom furnishings child sized?
Are toys and materials respectful of children’s culture/ethnicity?
Do the children seem occupied, happy and engaged?
Are the children allowed to make choices throughout the day?
Are staff in ratio? (infants – 1:4; young toddlers – 1:5; older toddlers – 1:6; pre-school 1:10)
Does each child receive individual attention?
Does staff seem respectful, patient and receptive to children’s needs?
Are children supervised by staff at all times?
Do toddlers play separately from the older children?
DIRECTOR & STAFF QUALIFICATIONS
Does staff have experience and education in early childhood development?
Does staff have current pediatric first-aid and fire safety certification?
Are parents welcomed in the program? Are they respected?
Does staff communicate daily with parents about their child?
Is an observation completed within 45 days of a child’s entry in the program?
Are results shared with parents and used for the individual planning and referral to community resources?