Who's Really Watching Your Child?


If you need help providing child care for your child, contact your
local Early Learning Coalition

Finding a child care facility or family day care home for your child is a very important decision. The following questions and resources may help you as you talk to and visit child care centers before deciding on the right fit for your child:

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  • Is the facility licensed by the State of Florida? Some Florida child care centers also earn a Gold Seal designation, reflecting quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.  Visit our online search to identify licensed child care providers and see inspection histories.
  • Are all teachers are up-to-date on training requirements?
  • Does the facility meet all staff-to-child ratios?
  • What kind of curriculum do they offer? Is it developmentally appropriate?
  • Does staff have positive, nurturing interaction with the children?
  • Do the children appear to be happy and comfortable in their surroundings?
  • Are the children constantly supervised? Is each staff member responsible for the same children each day?
  • How do they keep parents informed about their child's progress and school updates? How frequently are communications sent to parents?
  • Does the facility have clean, safe surroundings?
  • Do they provide healthy, nutritious snacks and/or meals?

The Quality Checklist for Evaluating Early Learning Programs will be useful to take with you as you visit child care facilities and/or homes.

Additional information and requirements regarding all the above issues are detailed in the Florida Administrative Code Child Care Standards.

Staff to Child Ratio Chart

Age of Children

Ratio For Center-Based Care

Infant 4:1

1 year old 6:1

2year old 11:1

3 year old 15:1

4 year old 20:1

5 year old and up 25:1