Getting your kids in Daycare can be an overwhelming en-devour. Site visits, phone calls, interviews, and the always popular, "wait lists" are all new experiences for almost every new parent. During this process every parent is concerned with one thing, Safety. However, it is not always easy to determine if a place is safe for your kids. Daycare providers are like other businesses in that they put their best foot forward in an effort to get your child enrolled and the tuition money. So how do you determine if your kid's daycare or preschool is safe? Here are some tips:
- Is the Daycare or Preschool Licensed by the State? You should determine if the provider is licensed by the State of Oregon. If not, that is a big red flag, and the provider maybe breaking the law by operating a unlicensed daycare. Calling Office of Child Care - Central Office
503-947-1400, 1-800-556-6616 may help you determine if the daycare or childcare provider is licensed. In the alternative, you can simply ask the provider to see the license.
- Does the Daycare or Preschool have prior complaints? The State of Oregon has an office that is dedicated to licensing and overseeing daycare facilities. This office keeps a data-base that allows the public to search for violations committed by Oregon preschools, daycare, and licensed child care providers. The data base is not too user friendly, and doesn't provide details regarding the complaints but it provides the rules or laws that were violated and the date of the violations. Click here to learn if the State of Oregon has a public record of a complaint against a childcare provider, daycare, or preschool. Another place to look for prior complaints is the Better Business Bureau. Click here for a link to the Better Business Bureau.
- What should you Look For When Visiting a Prospective DayCare or Preschool? If you are a new parent it is overwhelming trying to figure out all of the potential dangerous surrounding your child. However, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has authored checklists to assist parents in determining if their child's daycare is safe..
If your child, or someone you know, has been injured at a daycare or by a childcare provider call Portland Personal Injury Attorney Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658. Call Ross Law for your free case evaluation. Ross Law takes most personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. LEGAL STUFF, PLEASE READ: Please note the tips above are not an exhaustive list and you must do your own due intelligence in trying to determine if a daycare provider is a good fit for your child. Also, Ross Law does not have a relationship or affiliation with the agencies or entities noted in this article. Please contact them directly if you have any questions or concerns about their web-site(s) or, policies, or procedures.