Resources to Help Improve the Quality of Your Child Care

Child care settings vary depending on the license capacity, facility type, and other factors.

Here are some quality indicators that parents are looking for:

  • Ratio
  • Group Size
  • Family Involvement
  • Caregiver Education
  • Staff Turnover
  • Health & Safety
  • Accreditation

Learn more about these indicators here.

How do I make my child care program better?

We offer a variety of child care education and support programs to enhance caregiving skills and knowledge.

  • Training Calendar: Search for workshops and training
  • Child Care Aware Training Academy: Specialized online training courses available 24/7
  • Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP): free training and support program for individuals who are starting or expanding their child care business.
  • Resource & Toy Lending Library: We provide a resource and toy lending library. Once you’ve applied for a Library Card, call 1-619-521-3055 ext. 2304 for an appointment. Up to six toys, books and videos can be borrowed for 30 days. Click HERE for the online catalog.
  • Wellness Champion Program: Training, support and coaching in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity
  • SD CARES: a stipend award program for child care providers working in a CDE/EESD funded child care centers or EESD funded Family Child Care Education Networks