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Day care options are plentiful in Oregon, but parents who are seeking a safe and nurturing environment for their children appreciate having a way to screen those options. Daycare-Oregon provides that service, giving parents a choice of quality locations that meet state requirements and working with you to find the best licensed daycare for your child. Your children are our future, and their care is worth a team effort.

It is important that your child be cared for in a setting that is stimulating, age-appropriate, and safe. Child care is far more than clean toys and naptimes, however, and that is where the staff standards will make a difference for your family. Daycare-Oregon uses state standards for all day care settings, requiring the staff to have a high school diploma or GED, as well as college coursework specifically in the area of child care or child development. Alternatively, experience can be substituted for college credit. This ensures the people who are entrusted with our children are able to provide them with high-quality care, supervision, and instruction.

Healthy eating habits and cleanliness, as well as toileting and the hygiene involved, are life skills that develop slowly over years with consistent reinforcement.Your child is at daycare for hours at a time, so this is the setting that will affect those skills. Mealtimes are planned with nutrition and "kid appeal" in mind and the food offered is selected according to state guidelines. Health rules are consistently enforced for everyone's well-being. Daycare-Oregon centers have regular schedules for cleaning and maintain state standards for day care environments.

In order for a child to learn how to communicate, language needs regular, consisent, interactive use. This essential skill is foundational for the rest of the child's life, and caretakers must deliberately interact with each child to spur that growth. If there are impediments that develop, they will be able to note any concerns and work with you to address them. The types of toys available to play with influence a child's language skills, and are carefully chosen for appropriateness.

The 'work' of a child is creative play. Music, art, and open-ended role play all nurture the imagination and are a part of the complete 'work/play' package a well-rounded childcare center provides as well as group play and children must be guided gently when challenges arise. Staff members with the experience and education to work with a variety of situations can help your child develop those social skills he or she will rely on in the classroom and workplace. Because the play is always supervised, a trained staffperson should be right there when something happens--and with children, that is always a possibility. Safety rules and procedures are in place and you can easily acquaint yourself with a good center's policy when you use Daycare-Oregon's database.

Children learn by doing, and by doing those things repeatedly. A child in an ordered environment with regular schedules and expectations will gradually learn responsibility and be secure in knowing 'what comes next'. The staff ratio of a quality child care setting should be based on the age of the children being cared for so that younger children have more staff available to help them in this growth process. In a multi-age setting, the ratio appropriate for the youngest children needs to be maintained so that adequate supervision happens at all times. Daycare-Oregon can give you information about the staff ratio a child care provider has on hand.

Selecting a child care provider is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. In addition to knowing that their children are safe and secure, parents can also appreciate the successful development of their children's skills and abilities. You want the care given to your child to be affectionate, appropriate, safe, and beneficial. Daycare-Oregon has done the research for you, and provides parents with the information necessary to make wise decisions about best setting for your child and the best solution to your childcare needs.

How It Works

Step 1 Fill out a short form regarding your child care needs.
Step 2 We match you to 3 to 5 chilld care providers in your area.
Step 3 The providers will contact you with a quote.
Step 4 Compare your options and pick the provider that best suits you!