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How to find quality early care and education

Choosing a child care program is an important decision. The following considerations will help you determine if the programs you are looking at meet the quality standards of licensed, safe, healthy and playful.

If you need further information, thread staff can explain the different types of early care and education available in the community, and offer suggestions for interviewing, selecting and monitoring early care and education programs.





  • Does this program have a Child Care License in Alaska?
  • What education or special training has the child care teacher received?
  • What is his/her experience working with children?
  • Are there clearly written policies and expectations?
  • How does this program engage parents?


  • Are children cared for at all times, even while sleeping?
  • Are cleaning supplies, medicines, and harmful items kept out of children’s reach?
  • How are children kept safe in the outdoor area?
  • What is the plan for responding to emergencies and disasters?
  • Is there someone present who has CPR and First Aid training?



  • What healthy meals and snacks are offered?
  • Is the children’s restroom clean and sanitary?
  • Is the hand-washing area easily accessible to children and adults?
  • How are children supported when they are having difficulties?
  • How physically active are the children during the day?


  • What toys and games are available for children to play with (blocks, puzzles, etc)? Is there a variety?
  • Do classroom activities and schedules accommodate all children?
  • What daily activities promote creative expression (singing, dancing, reading, making art)?
  • Are there regular community outings, such as field trips to the library or museum?



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Network Quality Indicators
Is This the Right Place for My Child? - 38 Research-Based Indicators of High-Quality Child Care. This checklist is excerpted from Is This the Right Place for My Child?, a publication of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).

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Quality Early Care & Education: A Guide for Alaska's Families
thread understands families want the best for their children. We encourage you to use this guide along with our staff support and website to assist you in understanding and finding quality child care.

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thread Quality Care Card

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