ERIC Number: ED336169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Choosing Family Child Care: A Handbook for Parents.
This booklet will help parents identify what they want in a family child care program. It suggests topics to consider and describes general characteristics of high quality programs and providers. Sections focus on defining family child care, choosing a program, allowing time to find a good program, being considerate of providers, paying for child care, looking for family child care, making a decision, getting off to a good start, and making child care work. Common concerns about child care are also discussed. The section on looking for family day care offers guidelines on ways to identify possibilities, the first phone call, the visit, and the follow-up conversation. The visit is detailed in terms of: (1) caregiver characteristics, including personal relations with children, discipline, language, expertise, attitude toward parents, and the caregiver's children; (2) age-related activities of the program; (3) characteristics of the home, including space and materials; and (4) health and safety, including routines for dealing with emergencies. Also included in the booklet are a checklist, citations for additional reading, and a list of resources. (RH)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Child Caregivers, Decision Making, Definitions, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Guidelines, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Parenting Skills, Selection
National Council of Jewish Women, 53 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 ($3.00; discount on quantity orders).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.