(WTNH) — Sherri Sutera remembers the difficulties of trying to find a high-quality, safe child care when her children were young.
“Even being in the field it was very challenging for me,” Sutera said, who is now a vice president for United Way Connecticut, child care services. “Particularly as a first time parent. Very hard to find infant, toddler care. It is never too early to start looking.”
She now heads the United Way Connecticut Child Care services, which administers 211 Childcare. Their website found here is one-stop-shopping for things parents should look out for when searching for childcare and helps locate quality options for families. Whether the business is run out of a center or at a private home, they are all contained in their database.
“It’s important that they find a program that has been inspected and met all basic health and safety guidelines,” Sutera said. “Criminal background checks, other members of the household have had criminal background checks.”
In addition to basic licensing, Sutera said Connecticut has some of the highest rates of accredited childcare programs in the country, which means they’ve met more rigorous standards than a state license requires.
Their website keeps a database of accredited centers and also updates the status of licensing or any previous issues a center may have, including last inspection date and results of that inspection.