|The work of parents in ensuring a quality child care experience does not stop once a selection has been made. Parents can serve as advocates for their own child and other children by monitoring their child’s child care program. In North Carolina, the Division of Child Development and Early Education, the agency that regulates NC child care programs, may only visit a program once a year. Therefore, monitoring your provider is up to you.|
Here are some warning signs that can help alert parents to problems:
It is always advisable to share your concerns with your child care provider. Often there is a reasonable explanation or solution. If, however, the problem seems very serious and involves children being physically or emotionally harmed, parents in North Carolina should not hesitate to contact Child Care Referral Central at 855-EARLY ED (855-327-5933) or the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education at 1-800-859-0829. Sometimes parents feel that the problem is only affecting their own child and solve the problem by finding another child care program. Sharing your concerns with others may help prevent additional children from being hurt.