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Director of Social Services
Kiva Rogers

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Phone Numbers
Switchboard - (804) 748-1100
Fax -(804) 748-1824


Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Street Address
Department of Social Services
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23832Map this 

 
Social Services
Finding Quality Child Care

Choosing a child care provider is one of the most important decisions you as a parent will make. A quality environment is vital to your child's healthy growth and development.

  • Small Group Size: Stop and Count. How many children are in your child's group? What are their ages?
  • Ratio of Adult to Child: Count the number of adults. Are there enough adults for the number of children?
  • Caregiver Behaviors: Are the caregivers actively involved with the children? Are they down on the floor at the children's level? Are they warm, friendly, patient, and seem to enjoy being with children?
  • Basic Health & Safety: Do you see: frequent hand washing, toys and equipment cleaned regularly, area/facility is child proof, and a staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
  • Stability Of Care: High staff turnover interferes with the need for children to form healthy attachments and trusting relationships.
  • Shared Values & Approach to Child-Rearing: Do you agree with how the caregivers discipline, praise, teach, and handle conflicts between children?
  • Environment: Look and Listen. Do the children look and sound happy? Are the surroundings bright and cheerful? Is the area/facility clean?
  • Appropriate Programming: Are the activities appropriate for your child's age? Children should participate in activities that are not too easy or difficult. Activities should encourage children to learn, grow, and develop.
  • Parental Involvement: Is parent involvement and participation encouraged? Caregivers are your partners in parenting. Develop an open and honest relationship and STAY INVOLVED!

Take the puzzle out of quality child care - Find a Program With All the Pieces! 

You Need to Know

  • What Quality Child Care Is
  • What Quality Child Care Looks Like
  • What Questions To Ask
  • What Different Types Of Care Are Available

REMEMBER: Once you have made child care arrangements your work is NOT done. Stay involved and make sure your child is receiving the quality care they deserve.

If you have any questions or need additional information, call the Chesterfield Department of Social Services at 804-748-1100.