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5 steps to finding child care start early connect with Child Care Aware visit providers ask questions make a choice stay involved

Finding high-quality child care is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child and your family. The Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center can help.

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Watch our video to learn why the Child Care Aware Family Center can make a huge difference

in your child care search.


Steps to Finding High-Quality Child Care

1. Start early and think about your family’s needs and values
Give yourself as much time as possible to find child care. Think about your child's needs. What is most important to you about a child care setting?
2. Connect with the Child Care Aware Family Center at 1-800-446-1114
The experts at our Family Center can help you understand different types of child care and what to consider when trying to find a program suitable for your family. We can provide referrals, information about financial assistance and more.
3. Call, visit and ask questions
When interviewing potential child care providers, make sure to ask the basics (openings, hours, fees) as well as about the provider's commitment to high quality. Is this program in Early Achievers? If so, you can be confident this provider is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality care. Learn more about why high-quality care matters in our Early Achievers Video for Parents. Use this CHECKLIST to help measure a program's quality. And don't forget to check references!
4. Stay involved
Once your child is enrolled, make sure to get, and stay, involved. Get to know your child's teacher and check-in regularly. Get to know other families and take part in any activities. And don't forget to show your appreciation to all of the people who care for your child.

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