Steps to Take


  • Start early, give yourself as much time as you can, three months at least would be advisable.
  • Childcare centers often have waiting lists. Family homes may have more frequent openings.
  • Know what you can afford. Child care rates do vary.
  • Check out the list of licensed daycare providers throughout the Puget Sound that UW students have used. This list is not an endorsement or guarantee of services.
  • Look at their website if they have one. Call potential caregivers on the phone and ask them questions. Some examples of questions are available here. If you liked their responses and are interested in them, make an appointment.
  • Make a list of things that are important to you and your child before your visit. Examples of things to consider are available here.
  • If you are happy with the daycare make another appointment to visit with your child.
  • If both you and your child like the daycare then you need to decide if this is the caregiver that you have chosen.
  • Once your decision is made then you will want to continue to communicate frequently with your care provider regarding your child and how they are doing. You will also want to talk with your child and watch them to see how they respond to the new caregiver.

The Department of Early Learning is also a good resource for finding a Licensed Daycare.