Making the Right Decision
One of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent is choosing quality child care for your child. Every child is special and unique and deserves the best start possible. Studies reveal that a high quality child care program will help children become more ready for school which increases their chances to succeed. Research also indicates that employers benefit when their employees' children are in quality child care arrangements. Parents are more productive and focused on work knowing their children are being nurtured and interacted with in ways that promotes all areas of their development. This confidence in care creates a win-win situation for everyone: parents, children and employers.
Part of making the right decision is understanding the Star Rated License. All licensed programs, except religious sponsored programs, have a star-rating similar to the ratings you will find for other products and services. A One Star means the program meets North Carolina’s minimum child care requirements. A Five Star license means a program meets the voluntary enhanced standards required for the highest star level. The child care license is posted in every child care program for parent review. On the license you will see the scores the program has earned in the two major components of the license: Staff Education and Program Standards. You will also be able to see if the program received a Quality Point. For more information on the Star Rated License, click on the Star-Rated License tab at the top of the page.
How Can the Division of Child Development Help Me?
The North Carolina Division of Child Development makes every effort to provide information parents need to make the best possible child care choices. The Division records a variety of information on regulated facilities that you might find useful in your search, including:
What are some Things I Can Do to Gather Information on Facilities?
Use any of the following to obtain child care records:
Be sure to visit the parent resources page for links to other valuable child care sites that can assist you in choosing quality child care.
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