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Oklahoma City, OK 73112

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Quality Indicators

                                                                                                                                            Adult-to-Child Ratio

                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                            Group Size

 

                                                                                                                                            Caregiver Qualifications

 

                                                                                                                                            Turnover

 

                                                                                                                                            Health & Safety

 

                                                                                                                                            Star Ratings and Accreditation

 

                                                                                                                                            Positive Interactions

 

                                                                                                                                            Opportunities to learn

 

                                                                                                                                            Family Involvement

 

 

 

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 caregivers’ training and education. Caregivers with degrees 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.

 

Turnover

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.

 

Health and Safety

Does the program look clean and safe? Are hands washed often? What is the plan in case of emergency or disaster? Is the program licensed? A licensed program is inspected at least three times a year by DHS for basic health and safety requirements. Most types of child care in Oklahoma must be licensed.

 

Star Ratings and Accreditation

Licensed centers and homes are rated from one to three stars. Two-and three-star programs have met voluntary standards for child care that are higher than basic licensing requirements. Three-star programs are also nationally accredited. Three-star programs can also qualify by meeting Head Start Performance Standards.

 

Positive Interactions

Does the caregiver attend to children’s needs and give them lots of attention and encouragement? Look for signs of warm responsive relationships between adults and children. Caregivers should talk to children at their eye level and listen closely to each child.

 

Opportunities to Learn

Is there a daily schedule with planned activities for children as well as lots of time for free play? Do caregivers read to children? Good child care programs offer active play and learning activities to help children enter school with the skills they need to succeed.

 

Family Involvement

Ask about ways parents can be involved with the program. How will caregivers let you know about what went on during your child’s day? Good child care programs welcome drop-in visits and parent ideas.

 

Information came from OKDHS's Selecting Quality Child Care, A Parent's Guide.