Daycare Series: Tools to Find the Best Daycare


Finding childcare is one the most high stakes decisions you will make.

You try to find a balance among convenience, budget, safety, and a healthy learning environment. It is a daunting decision, no doubt. When you are looking for childcare look for a partner in your parenting. Look for a provider that supports your child and your family. Identifying high quality child care is difficult so here are a few starting points.

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Trust your gut 

If you get an especially positive vibe from a visit move that home or facility to the top of your list. If you are apprehensive or unsettled after a visit, go with your intuition.

Utilize your resources

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has great information on licensing, types of child care in Nebraska, inspection results, subsidy information and so much more. 

Become curious

Ask the right questions to your friends, to the provider, and to yourself. Don’t be afraid to read reviews and browse their website. Expect honest responses and personal testimonies. When a trusted source speaks from their own experience, weigh that first-hand experience much greater than anything you read or research.

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Becka is an Iowa native who moved to Omaha in June 2015. She is one half of a higher education couple, a mom to identical twin boys (Avery and Elliot 2014) and two sassy wiener dogs (Nora and Knox). Becka enjoys the craziness of twins and the unpredictability of each day. Even with three degrees, most recently a doctorate in higher education, she continues to find herself googling things like “pachycephalosaurus + herbivore” or “excavator vs digger.” With two very energetic and curious preschoolers at home Becka enjoys the peacefulness of her daily commute to Lincoln where she is a coordinator in the Nebraska Business Honors Academy. Becka loves being outdoors in her garden, on the lake with her family, or sitting on the patio with a friend. Her kryptonite is diet coke, peanut m&m’s and a kid free Target trip.