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16: Appendix A- 15 Must Haves for All Child Care Programs Checklist

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    Appendix A: 15 Must Haves for All Child Care Programs Checklist761

    Table A.1 Can you check yes for each of these 15 must-haves?

    Program #1

    Program #2

    Program #3








    Is the program licensed? Ask to see the license. If

    not, ask Why and then check your State's licensing

    regulations to make sure the program is not

    required to be licensed.

    Look at the program's past inspection reports and

    complaint history.

    Are visits from parents allowed and encouraged

    anytime the child care program is open? If you are

    not allowed to visit at any time (Without calling

    ahead), this is not the best program for your child

    and you should consider a different program.

    Does the program have an appropriate number Of

    adults 'tusking after each group Of children? This is

    known as the child-to-adult ratio. Recommended

    ratios are usually lower for younger children. For

    example, the American Academy Of Pediatrics

    recommends that child care centers have no more

    than 3 infants under 12 months Old per adult.

    Are children, including infants, supervised at all

    times, even they are sleeping?

    Does the director (Of a child care center) have a

    college degree in child development or a related

    field? DO teachers (or the owner and operator Of a

    family child care home) have a credential or college

    degree in early childhood education or a related

    DO all adults in the program receive ongoing training

    in working With children and child development?

    Is there a planned schedule for each day or week

    that encourages learning and includes active and

    quiet play, group and individual learning activities,

    rest time, and meal times?

    Is the environment safe, clean, and well

    maintained? For example, are safe cribs provided

    for each infant, and does the program follow safe

    sleep guidelines? Are electrical outlets covered?

    Are medicines and dangerous items, including

    cleaning supplies, kept out Of the reach Of children?

    Is there a written discipline policy that explains how

    behavioral concerns are handled? DO discipline

    techniques included in the policy teach and guide

    children rather than punish them? For example,

    does the policy make it clear that there Will be no

    spanking, humiliating, or excluding children? HOW

    does the program make sure that techniques are

    used in ways that are clear, consistent, and fair?

    Does the program feel warm and welcoming? Are

    the children happily engaged in activities?

    Do the adults seem to enjoy working With and caring

    for the children? Are they actively involved With the

    children and do they pay attention to the needs Of

    each child? Have all adults working in the program had state and national background checks, including


    Have the adults in the program been trained on how

    to prevent child abuse how to recognize and

    report the signs of abuse?

    Is there someone present at all times Who has been

    trained in pediatric first aid and CPR? Do staff know

    how to respond to an allergic reaction? Is there a

    first aid kit available? Are the adults in the program

    trained in how to prevent injuries?

    Does the program have a clear, written plan to

    follow a child is injured, sick, or lost?

    Is there a written plan for to

    emergencies and disasters such as fire or flooding?

    Does the program conduct regular fire drills?

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