organization of groups and individuals who
are committed to promoting excellence in early
childhood education for all young children.”
National Association of Family
1743 west Alexander St suite 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
The National Association for Family Child
Care (NAFCC) is a 501(c)( 3) non-profit
membership association. NAFCC
represents professional providers throughout
the United States and in some cases on
US Military bases located internationally.
NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality
child care by strengthening the profession of
family child care.
The SavvySource for Parents
601 Montgomery Street, Suite 675
San Francisco, CA 94111; 877-875-2288
Launched in 2006 by a California mom,
the SavvySource website helps parents
sort through the maze of preschools/
childcare options in their area to find the
right one for their child. Austin is one of
many cities with listings and more than 100
schools are listed. The site’s most popular
feature, however, is the parent ratings,
where parents with experience at a school
can go online and weigh in on the quality
of teaching, development of social skills,
discipline, safety and much more. There
are also listings for area camps, educational
toys, books, activities, classes and more.
Texas Association of Child Care
Resource and Referral Agencies
702 San Pedro, San Antonio 78212
The Texas Association of Child Care
Resource and Referral Agencies (TACCRRA)
supports Texas’ young children, parents and
early education providers through a variety
of services, including helping parents find
childcare, advocating for and improving the
quality of care, promoting early childhood
education, and collaborating with commu-
Workforce Solutions – Capital Area
6505 Airport Blvd., Suite 101-E
Austin 78752; 512-597-7100
A private, publicly-funded non-profit organization, Workforce Solutions - Capital
Area is the leadership and governing body
for the regional workforce system and is
responsible for the planning, oversight,
and evaluation of workforce development
activities in the Austin/Travis County
area – including offering such services as
childcare referrals for low- to moderate-in-come families, job training, placement,
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers the following tips for choosing childcare:
1. Once you have narrowed down a
list of providers, get details about their
license to provide care. Each childcare
facility’s regulatory history of inspections and reports is available online.
2. Visit the facilities. It is always polite to schedule a time with the director
for your initial facility tour, but make a second visit to observe a classroom
when you are not expected. See how well the caregiver provides a safe and
healthy environment. Once you place your child in care, remain involved
and keep asking questions.
3. Look carefully at homes or apartments that
have a pool or are near lakes, creeks or other
bodies of water. The caregiver can explain how
they ensure the safety of children in and around
these bodies of water.
4. Discuss any concerns with the caregiver. Respect the caregiver’s time—her main responsibility is working with the children.
Don’t be offended if the caregiver can’t spend much time talking
with you when you drop off or pick up your child. If you need
more time to talk about your child, set up a conference.
5. It’s normal for children to have some fears and misgivings about starting childcare outside the home. Children need time
to get used to new situations. Prepare your child for the change as far in advance as possible. Discuss his or her concerns. It is
important to let the caregiver know about things at home that may affect how your child is doing while in care.
6. Talk to your child about his or her experiences
in care. Watch for a time each day when your
child is quiet and feeling secure and protected.
7. Gently ask questions about how he or she is doing. Share their excitement about new friends, skills and abilities. Above all, listen to their
concerns, and give them a chance to boast about their achievements.
for choosing childcare