Oklahoma Child Care
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1. Start early
Start looking as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering, a child care center or care in someone else's home, finding the right child care option can take some time. We can help.

2. Get Referrals

Phone - Call the experts at child care resource and referral (CCR&R). The referral service is free. We can give you the facts about child care and a list of options in your area that may meet your needs.  Call 1-888-962-2772 to talk to a referral specialist. If you need services in Spanish, call 405-492-4179.

Online - Use our online child care search by entering information that includes the location in which you want child care (near your home, work or school), the age of your child, and other facts that will help you narrow your search to options that are appropriate for you.  Click here to begin.

Smart Phone App - Download the Child Care Finder Application for iPhone or Andriod and start your search in the palm of you hand!   

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3. Visit & ask questions
Visit child care programs before you make a choice. You know your child best. To help you decide where your child will be safe and happy, ask questions about these important things:

Adult to Child Ratio
How many children are there for each adult? You want your child to get plenty of attention. The fewer the children for each caregiver, the better the situation for your child. And the younger your child, the more important this is. The State of Oklahoma regulates the ratio of children to adults in licensed child care.

Group Size
How many children are in the group? A small group is usually safer and calmer. The State of Oklahoma regulates the size of groups in licensed child care.

Caregiver Qualifications
Ask about the caregiver's training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn. Are the caregivers involved in activities to improve their skills? Do they attend classes and workshops? The State of Oklahoma requires caregivers to attend a certain amount of training each year in order to be licensed.

How long have the current caregivers been there? It's best if children can stay with the same caregiver for at least a year. Caregivers who come and go make it hard on your child. Getting used to new caregivers takes time and energy that could be spent on learning new things.

Star Ratings
Does the program have a license to operate? Most types of child care in Oklahoma must be licensed. Licensed centers and homes are rated from one to three Stars. One Star Plus, Two Star and Three Star programs have met voluntary standards for child care that are higher than basic licensing requirements.

4. Make a choice
Think about what you saw at each visit and make the best choice for your child and family. Use the printable checklist on this site to help you.

5. Stay involved
You and your child's caregiver are partners now. Visiting and participating in events at child care will send a strong message. It will tell your child and your child's caregiver that you care about what your child is doing and learning.

You want your child to succeed in school and in life. Good child care is a first step to school success. Studies show that children who get quality child care enter school with better math, language and social skills. These skills will help your child do well in school. When your child has safe, loving, and stimulating child care that you can count on, you don't have to worry while you are at work. You know that your child is getting the kind of care needed to be healthy, happy, and ready for school.

* Portions of this page were reprinted with permission from Child Care Aware of America.
http://www.childcareaware.org/en/5steps/


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