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.
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.
- Here is a comprehensive list of licensed childcare and preschool programs in Nebraska.
- Another helpful monthly report is the Negative and Disciplinary Actions list that lists infractions that occurred and were reported.
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.