High-quality early learning is critically important to a child’s growth and development. And it begins with a child’s earliest learning experiences both at home and in child care.
There are so many factors to consider when choosing child care – and quality should be at the top of the list. To help you in your search for quality child care, this site reports several quality indicators for each child care program in our database.
For some programs, you will see National Accreditations and/or Texas Rising Star certification. For all programs, you will see Collaborative for Children’s own quality ratings in several areas.
Based upon how a child care program either meets or exceeds the state of Texas’ Minimum Standard Rules, we assign a rating of Excellent, Good or Minimal in several areas.
The assessed categories differ for center-based child care (child care programs in a dedicated facility such as a school, church or building) and home-based child care (child care that takes place in a person’s residential home).
For center-based care, our quality indicators assess:
- Teacher-to-child ratio and group size
- Teacher education and training
- Teacher tenure
- Family involvement
To understand the rating criteria for child care centers, click here.
For home-based child care, our quality indicators assess:
- Business Practice
To understand the rating criteria for child care homes, click here.