CPS Encourages Parents to Research Day Care Centers
EL PASO — It's almost time to head back to school, and for many it means back to daycare. Child Protective Services wants parents to be careful when selecting their childcare providers.
In Texas, there are more than 25 thousand day care centers and homes. Last year CPS conducted more than two thousand investigations at those centers for abuse or neglect and they had to revoke nearly 750 permits.
That's why they say parents need to make sure they enroll their kids in a regulated day care.
"These are facilities that we trust to take care of our kids for long hours, sometimes almost every day of the week," said Paul Zimmerman of CPS. "So, you want to have a checks and balances in there to make sure our kids are taken care of properly."
Here's how you can make sure your child's in good hands:
First look for features, like the caregiver's education, experience and training and the size of the group your child will be in.
Learn more and research licensed and registered day cares at txchildcaresearch.org.
Visit the day care in person, or better yet, show up for a surprise visit.
Meet the caregiver or center director.