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Find Child Care

One of the most important decisions your family will ever make is choosing child care. Find Child Care Oregon provides information, resources, and guidance to help you to make the best decision when choosing a child care program that meets the needs of your family. Finding the right program takes time, so start early.

Steps to Finding Quality Child Care

Step One: Understand Your Options

Step Two: Visit and Ask Questions

  • Visit multiple programs
  • Observe and ask questions using the Quality Checklist when visiting each program

Step Three: Take a Closer Look

  • Consider whether the programs meet your family’s needs
  • Ask about the programs’ participation in Spark (Oregon’s Quality Rating and
    Improvement System)
  • Use the Child Care Safety Portal to find the compliance history of the programs

Step Four: Choose a Program

  • Stay involved and communicate with the child care program often
  • Visit and participate in the child care program when you can