Choosing proper care for your child is a very important decision for any parent. Abacus Early Learning Centers wants you to know your options so that you make the most informed decision for the safety of your child.
Here are a few tips: This information was found at www.4csindiana.org.
- Get Organized. Ask friends and co-workers for recommendations.
- Conduct Telephone Interviews. Ask questions and take notes.
- Make a Visit. Touring three or more facilities is a great way to narrow down your search.
- Check References
- Make a Decision
Below are descriptions of different types of child care and what you can expect from each.
Unlicensed Registered Ministries
Registered ministries are operated by, or affiliated with a church or religious organization. They may operate out of a church or another location such as a home or separate building away from the church. Ministries do not have to be licensed. In order to be registered they must meet cleanliness rules, and pass sanitation, food safety, and State Fire Marshall inspections. Some ministries choose to follow state standards and become licensed centers.
License Exempt Child Care Home
In the State of Indiana, providers may care for five or fewer unrelated children without a license. These providers are usually referred to as Legally Licensed Exempt Providers.
Exempt Child Care Facilities.
Nursery schools, before and after school programs and private school programs are exempt from licensing.
Licensed Child Care Homes:
Licensed child care homes meet minimum health and safety standards as set by the state. Children are cared for in a mixed age group setting by one or more providers. In addition to being licensed, some homes are accredited by the National Association of Family Child Care Homes (NAFCC). This accreditation lets the parent know that the provider has voluntarily met national standards of quality that have been established by childcare organizations.
Licensed Child Care Centers
Child Care Centers are established settings where children are cared for in a group setting according to their age. Child Care Centers are required to meet more regulations than Licensed Homes or Unlicensed Registered Ministries.