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Tips for Parents

Learn the facts before entrusting your child to someone else and always choose state regulated day care.

Unregulated care means no inspections, no training, no one enforcing basic health and safety standards, and no record for you to check.

What to Look For:

  • Research your options. Find a licensed or registered day care in your area and check its inspection record at
  • Visit the day care while children are there and look for features that will help your child thrive.
  • Meet and interview the caregiver or director.

Stay Involved:

  • Keep talking with the caregiver. Discuss your concerns and make sure you are happy with their answers.
  • Keep talking to your children. Ask them how the day went, what they did, who they saw, or if anything special happened.
  • Report anything that may affect a child’s health or safety, including child abuse or neglect or illegal care to the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.

Questions to ask when you interview a potential caregiver:

  • May I see your DFPS permit or letter to operate?
  • What do you like the most/the least about caring for children?
  • What is the typical day like for a child in your care?
  • How much TV do you let children watch?
  • How do you discipline children?
  • How do you handle nap times?
  • How do you handle diaper changing or toilet training?
  • What types of play or learning activities do you offer for my child?
  • Are you trained in CPR and First Aid?
  • What other training have you and your staff had?
  • How will you let me know about my child’s progress or concerns?
  • What types of foods do you serve for meals and snacks?
  • Are children ever transported? Do you use seatbelts or car seats?
  • How do you handle weather or other emergencies?

Sample questions courtesy of Lesia Oesterreich, Iowa State University.

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