Finding the right child care for your family

Photo courtesy Great Start Connect

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Child care, pediatricians, and budgeting are just a few of the important aspects of family life. One issue that can be a major stressor for working parents is child care. There is one program that can help.

Great Start Connect is a resource in Michigan about quality child care and child development. It can help parents find information on finding and choosing child care, different types of child care, financial assistance and cost, and a rating system.

Parents can go online and enter the criteria that they want in child care, then pick from a list of providers that meet those qualifications. It also has a quality rating and improvement system. Child care facilities voluntarily participate in the program, which gives a rating between one and five stars and provides opportunities for child care facilities to improve their ratings.

Great Start Connect recommends that any parent who is looking for child care needs to meet with the provider and visit the facility to make sure it’s a right place for their child. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and look around. It’s also a good idea to visit the facility with your child to see how they interact with the care provider and other children.

You can find information on different child care settings, a checklist for parents, and find child care providers near you by visiting the Great Start Connect website.

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