Choosing Quality Programs

Choosing a provider that is right for your child can take some time. Many times providers have waiting lists, especially for infants. Your child should not be left alone with a provider until you can interview the caregiver(s) and visit the facility. Talking to many providers and visiting several programs will help you feel confident when making your decision. This takes time.

Contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)

The Children’s Cabinet provides child care referrals to families seeking care in all counties of Nevada except for Clark and Nye counties. For families seeking child care in Clark or Nye County, please contact the Las Vegas Urban League.

A CCR&R Specialist will ask a variety of questions to help locate care that best meets your and your child’s needs. You will then get a list of licensed providers based on the information you provided. The CCR&R Specialist can also answer questions about licensing, financial assistance options, and other community resources.

You can also generate your own licensed child care provider search 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by using our online database. If you have used our service before, your password is the first initial of your first name and your last name (e.g., Jane Smith would be jsmith).

Visit providers and ask questions

Make sure you visit the child care options you are considering. When visiting providers use the quality checklist included with this brochure and ask several questions. Find out how the environment feels to you and get references whenever possible. After visiting the provider, take notes about your experience and keep them with your checklist.

Call licensing

You will want to call child care licensing and ask if there have been any substantiated complaints against the providers you are considering.

Make a decision

Gather your notes and checklists from your visits and make a decision based on your observations.

Stay involved

Research shows that children have higher school achievement when they have families who stay involved in their care and education. Visiting and working with your care provider sends a strong message to your provider and child:  “My child’s education, development, and safety are important to me!”

Create a back-up child care plan

Recent studies conducted by Work/Family Directions found that one of the biggest problems working parents have is finding care when children are sick or when regular child care arrangements break down. The very best time to think about backup care is when you are first making your regular child care plans. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Taken from the Children’s Cabinet Website: Steps to finding child care