Every parent desires to support the well-being of their children. However, each day in Virginia, parents put their children at risk by unknowingly choosing unsafe child care. Often relying on child care referrals from friends and family, many parents don’t realize that unlicensed and unregistered child day care programs are not required to follow critical, life-saving health and safety requirements.
While there are many factors to consider when choosing the right child care program, there are critical details that can often mean the difference between life and death for infants and children. Child care homes and centers that are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services are required to have regular, unannounced inspections to ensure health and safety measures are in place. These measures include staff background checks, emergency plans, safe-sleep practices, appropriate CPR training, staff education, and so much more.
Take action to feel comfortable and confident with your choice of child care provider.