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Family Child Care
Family Child Care is care for children in the home of an unrelated person. Many people choose this type of care because it is a home environment, usually costs less, has more flexible hours, cares for less children in the group, and has the same caregiver each day.
Selecting child care can be a difficult task. Therefore, Child Care Connection's goal
After you have the names of several home providers, call each of them. During this phone call, discuss the ages of your children, days and hours you need care, fees charged, and when care needs to start. Set up an appointment to visit the homes of those that sound as if they will meet your needs.
During your visit, you will want to observe how the caregiver interacts with your child and the other children in his/her care. Notice too, how your child reacts to the caregiver. Take time to observe the surroundings. You will want to consider several factors as you evaluate each home provider.
It is important to know:
Does the home provider:
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Is there a contract or other statement pertaining to:
A contract or business agreement between you and the caregiver may help avoid future conflict.
Ask for references from each potential provider. Call these references yourself. Be sure they seem satisfied with the provider. Listen to the tone of voice as well as the answers to your questions. Ask the reference:
Family Child Care & The Law
The family child care homes listed with Child Care Connection have complied with a notarized self assessment, called the Provider Registration, containing the following items:
Ohio State Law allows a family child care home provider to care for no more than six children. Only three of them may be under the age of two. This includes the provider's own children under the age of six. A family child care home caring for six or less children is not regulated unless it receives government funds for the care of children. Thus, it is very important for you, the parent, to visit and evaluate any homes you are considering using. If the home is caring for seven to twelve children, it must be licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Child Care Connection does not endorse, rate, recommend or evaluate child care resources, programs, or providers and therefore, Child Care Connection does not assume, warrant, or guarantee quality care. Any information about a caregiver/provider has been provided solely by that caregiver/provider. Child Care Connection believes that consumers are in the best position to evaluate and choose resources appropriate to their child's needs.
Use Child Care Connection's checklist to evaluate the environment of family child care homes.
Part of a state-wide network of referral agencies, Child Care Connection serves Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark, and Trumbull Counties in Ohio.