How to Choose a Daycare
by: Laurie Johnson, February 28, 2011 10:02:00 pm
There are approximately 1,500 registered daycare centers in Harris County. Add nearly a thousand more if you count licensed care homes. Sifting through all of those options can be daunting. Carol Shattuck with Collaborative for Children says her organization partners with the state of Texas to maintain a comprehensive database of facilities.
"Once we have those in our system then we call them and get additional information about their programs that they have, their hours, their fees, how they support children with special needs, are they part of the state's childcare subsidy programs. So there's a wealth of information in addition to what the state provides us."
Shattuck says parents can call the Collaborative and get assistance from a child educator on staff there. The Texas Department of Family Protective Services also lists daycare centers, along with their licensing compliance, on its website.
"There is high quality care in our community. We see it, we experience it, we help centers achieve it through some of the training and the mentoring that we do with teachers in childcare programs. If you invest the time up front, we feel like you can make choices within your budget and have a sense of comfort about how your child is being cared for."
The Collaborative for Children offers the service in a 13-county region including Harris County.