A Guide to Help Parents Find and Choose Quality Child Care

Your child’s early years are very important. Research shows that children who receive high-quality child care are more likely to go to kindergarten ready to learn and have a greater chance of success in school and life. Choosing child care for your young child should be a positive experience for your family. Always remember that you are buying a service to meet both your needs as a busy parent and the developmental needs of your child. Here are some resources to help navigate you through the maze:

Questions that may help determine whether the early childhood program will be a good fit for your family

Learn more about the Quality Ratings Improvement System in Colorado

Colorado Department of Human Services: If you have any questions regarding the licensing status of a provider or program, the Colorado Division of Child Care in Denver keeps files of all licensed providers, including complaints and violations. These files are open to the public. Call 1-800-799-5876 to request a copy of the files. You can also review information online at www.cdhs.state.co.us/childcare. Click on “licensing histories of child care facilities” in the text towards the bottom of the page. To report a complaint about a child care program please call 1-800-799-5876.