TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The state of Florida created the “Gold Seal Quality Care” program to acknowledge family day cares and childcare facilities that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.
When it comes to choosing a childcare provider, here are a few things you should look for, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
- Are all teachers up to date on training requirements?
- What kind of curriculum do they offer? Is it developmentally appropriate?
- Does the facility have clean, safe surroundings?
- Do they provide healthy, nutritious snacks and/or meals?
- Does the facility meet all staff-to-child ratios?
Ratio for Center-Based Care
4 infants (less than one-year old) : 1 caregiver
6 one-year olds: 1 caregiver
11 two-year olds : 1 caregiver
15 three-year olds : 1 caregiver
20 four-year olds : 1 caregiver
25 five-year olds and older : 1 caregiver
Ratio for Home-Based Care
4 infants (less than one-year old): 1 caregiver
3 infants + 3 additional children (6 children maximum) : 1 caregiver
6 pre-school children (if all are older than 1 year) : 1 caregiver
10 children (if no more than 5 are preschool age and of those 5, no more than 2 are under 1 year) : 1 caregiver
The Florida Department of Children and Families has a helpful Checklist for Evaluating Early Learning Programs that you can print and take with you when you visit child care facilities.
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