Finding Quality Child Care

Child care worker reading to kids

Selecting a child care provider is one of the most important, emotional and difficult decisions you will make as a parent. High-quality child care and early childhood education set the stage for how well your child will learn and how he will think of himself and others.

Better Beginnings, Arkansas’s quality rating system for licensed child care facilities, will be a great resource in helping you select the best child care for your baby. In Arkansas, the Better Beginnings website at www.ARBetterBeginnings.com and in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Human Services website at www.parentsknowkidsgrow.org/choosingchildcare make it easy for you to:

  • Learn what to look for in a child care facility.
  • Know what questions to ask about child care.
  • Find licensed child care providers in your area using
  • a convenient online tool.
  • Compare child care providers based on their quality ratings.

Both websites provide a checklist of everything you should consider when choosing a child care provider. Print out a checklist and take it with you when you visit

a possible child care facility.

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