Child Care Handbook (English)
©2010 Family Central, Inc.
Choosing a good child care arrangement is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child.This Handbook is designed to help you make the best decision in selecting care for your child. Please read through the
information carefully. If you have questions, call Family Central, Inc.’s (FCI) Child Care Resource and Referral office at
954-724-4609 or 1-877-5-FAMILY in Broward County, and 561-514-3300 or 1-800-683-3327 in Palm Beach County. AResource and Referral
Counselor will be happy to help you. FCI’s Public Resource and Referral service is free of
charge. In addition, you may also call these numbers if further information is needed on how to access financiallyassisted child care.
Call providers to ask about openings.
Make appointments for interviews.
Know your child care licensing regulations.
Try to visit more than one provider and visit each provider more than once.
At least one visit should be unannounced.
Schedule one visit near closing time and ask other parents for feedback.
View all rooms in the family child care home or child care center and check the outdoor play area.
Trust your instincts. If you feel good about a provider and program, chances are your child will do well there.
View the files at the Child Care Licensing Office for each program you are seriously considering. This is a freepublic service.
For Broward programs:
For Miami-Dade programs:
Child Care Licensing Office (Department of Children and Families)401 NW 2
For Palm Beach programs: