Child Care Matters

Choose Carefully………

The care children receive during the early years can greatly influence their physical, social and emotional development for the rest of their lives.


Things To Think About When Choosing:

Child care has become an essential component of life in our society. It can make a significant difference in children’s development. Quality child care will have a positive influence on your child. Child care staff, their relationship with the parents and children, and the environment of the facility are the most important elements in quality child care.

Download and take this checklist with you and use it to help rate every Child Care Facility or Registered Family Home you visit.

Checklist – English

Checklist – Spanish 

Child Care Matters Booklet – Spanish


Child care providers can volunteer to go above and beyond minimum standards by participating with the following:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (
  • National Accreditation Commission (NAC) (
  • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (
  • National Association of Family Child Care Accreditation (

Always check a child care provider’s inspection record at DFPS’s web-site at