Childcare can be hard to find, especially good quality providers. But parents in Carbon, Emery, Grand, Duchesne, Daggett, San Juan and Uintah counties have a resource that many don’t know about.
Care About Childcare is a statewide sponsored program that focuses on quality childcare by empowering parents and providing support to providers.
This non-profit program is funded by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care, and supports parents in their search for a quality provider by allowing them to search their website of childcare providers.
Providers can go online to careaboutchildcare.utah.gov and create a profile that highlights their strengths, shows their professional development, licensing records, the available openings, marketing page and even photos of the environment. With this information, parents can make a safe, informed decision about their child’s care.
Peggy Golding, director of the program in the Southeast region, said it’s a great program for parents to focus on what they want for their child.
She said parents can get on to their website, put in their zip code and find childcare providers in their area, either by availability or age of the child. Parents can also create an account so they can save their preferences and return at a later day.
“You know what’s important to you,” Golding said. “If you have a child that loves to be outdoors and you see a provider with a great outdoor space, you know it’s one that you’re going to want to check out.”
Each provider on the website is verified through the Care About Childcare office. The program aims to educate and produce quality providers through classes, materials and resources. They also focus on quality indicators to be demonstrated by those providers. These include health/safety, environment, program strategy, administration and family involvement.