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Choosing just the right childcare arrangements need not be a stressful undertaking. First, decide on the type of care you need, (i.e., in-home or child care center) then identify and compare caregivers.The following information is intended to be used only as a guide. Parents are encouraged to visit each prospective childcare facility with their child and spend time with the caregiver. ASK QUESTIONS! When available, request a parent' s handbook outlining the caregiver's policies and programs.

Licensing and Staff/Child Ratios

  • Is the facility/home licensed?
  • How many children does the license allow?
  • How many are currently being cared for?
  • Are there enough caregivers to supervise and give adequate attention?

Training & Attitude of Caregiver

  • Do the caregivers have training in child development? If not, what and how have they learned about child development?
  • How much experience, and with what age groups do the caregivers have?
  • Do they respond and talk to all children in a positive, warm, understanding way?
  • Does the caregiver share your views on discipline and rewards?
  • Is staff turnover high? National rate is 45% annually. A continual change of caregivers may not be good for your child.

Program and Activities

  • What is the daily routine? Are children read and talked to?
  • Is a TV on part or most of the day?
  • Is TV viewing closely monitored? What shows are being watched?
  • Are activities and materials varied and appropriate for the children's abilities, and focused on the areas of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development?
  • Are snacks/meals, toileting mapping routines compatible with your own?
  • Are interesting field trips taken? What sort of transportation is used?

Environment

  • Is the facility or home safe, clean and free of health hazards?
  • Is there enough room for indoor & outdoor play, napping, eating, and isolating a sick child and storage of equipment and children’s belongings in individual containers?
  • Do the children seem happy?
  • Are equipment and play materials in good repair? Are they interesting and age appropriate?
  • How often are toys disinfected and sheets washed?

Parent/Caregiver Relationship

  • Is there a routine for exchanging pertinent information?
  • Are parents welcome to drop in at any time?
  • Do you communicate well with the caregiver?
  • Will you be able to stay with your child for the first several hours while he/she gets to know the new caregiver and environment?
  • What other adults and children are often present?

Ask Yourself

  • Would your child do better in a childcare or in a home environment?
  • Would your child be happier with several other children to play with or in a calmer, quieter atmosphere?
  • If your child has not been around other children often, he/she may pick up infections during the first year. How will this affect your family and work?
  • How will the location of the childcare affect your work and family routines?
  • Can your child adapt to the daily routine?

After an Initial Settling-in Period

  • Are you happy with the arrangement?
  • Is your child happy to go there?
  • Is your child developing a positive relationship with the caregiver?

In-Home Care

  • Small Family Child Care is provided in an individual's home. Licensing limits childcare to eight children.
  • Large Family Child Care Home is also provided in an individual' s home. A home may serve up to 14 children (only 4 may be under the age of 2) with a second caregiver.
  • For referrals to in-home childcare providers, see information under Child Care Referral.

Center-Based Programs

  • Infant/Toddler Programs: Licensing requires 1 provider for every 4 children, O to 2 years of age.
  • Child Care Center: Includes childcare centers and preschools. Licensing requires I caregiver for every 12 children, ages 3 to 5 years.
  • School Programs: Before and after school care is available in childcare centers and on some elementary school campuses. One adult for every 14 children, ages 5 to 12

Newbury Park

  • Christ the King Lutheran Preschool Ages: 2 1/2 to 5 yrs.
    (805) 498-2217
    3947 W. Kimber Dr.
    Newbury Park, CA 91320
  • Conejo Adventist Preschool
    (805) 498-2391
    1250 Academy Drive
    Newbury Park, Ca 91320
  • Conejo Recreation/Park District Borchard Community Center* Ages: 3 to 5 1/2
    (805) 381-2791
    190 Reino Road
    Newbury Park, CA 91320
  • CVUSD NFL - Earths
    (805) 498-8391
    2626 Michael Drive
    Newbury Park, Ca 91320
    Contact: Dr. Jennifer Boone
  • King of Glory Preschool Ages: 2 yrs 9 mo. to 5 yrs.
    (805) 498-0567
    2500 Borchard Rd
    Newbury Park, CA 91360
  • Little Steps Preschool * Ages: 2 yrs 9 mo. to 5 yrs.
    (805) 498-8443
    801 Knollwood Dr.
    Newbury Park, CA 91320
  • Miller Family YMCA Preschool
    (805) 480-0309
    320 Via Las Brisas
    Newbury Park, Ca 91320
  • Monte Vista Presbyterian Pre-school Ages: 2 yrs 9 mo. to 5 yrs.
    (805) 499-6610
    3797 W. Lynn Rd
    Newbury Park, CA 91320
  • Woodcrest Preschool Ages: 18 months to 5 yrs.
    (805) 375-7788
    107 Teardrop Ct.
    Newbury Park, CA 91320 

Thousand Oaks

  • Ascension Lutheran Childhood Center Ages: 3 to 4 yrs.
    (805) 381-9081
    1600 E. Hillcrest Dr.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Cal Lutheran Univ. Childhood Center Ages: 1 yr 9 mo to 6 yrs
    (805) 493-3247
    60 W. Olsen Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Children's Learning Center (Montessori) Ages: 2 yrs to 7 yrs
    (805) 495-3903
    2993 Crescent Way
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Christian Preschool Ages: 2 yrs 9 mo to 5 yrs.
    (805) 492-1711
    301 W. Ave. de las Flores
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • City of Thousand Oaks Child Care Center /
    Conejo Valley Unified School District Ages: 6 wks to 6 yrs.
    (805) 494-8100
    110 South Conejo School Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD)* Ages: K to 6th grade
    (805) 497-9511, ext. 390
    1400 E. Janss Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • CVUSD - Wonder Early Childhood Center
    (805) 497-9511
    2801 Atlas Avenue
    Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360
  • Conejo Valley YMCA* Ages: K- 6th grade
    (805) 523-7613
    4031 N. Moorpark Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Daydreamer's Daycare & Preschool - Ages: Newborn to 5 years, evening care avail.
    2685 Calle Bienvenido
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
    (805) 241-9969
  • First Baptist Preschool/ Academy Ages: 2 yrs 9 mo to 8th grade
    (805) 495-4960
    1250 Erbes Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Fredrickson Family Early Childhood Center
    (805) 493-3247
    3450 Campus Dr.
    Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360
  • Hillcrest Christian School * Ages: 3 yrs to 18 yrs
    (805) 497-7501
    384 Erbes Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Honey Tree Childhood Center Ages: 2 yrs to 6 yrs
    (805) 492-1232
    1 W. Ave de Los Arboles
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Kids Kampus* Ages: 2 yrs to 6th grade
    (805) 495-8525
    2225 Los Feliz Dr
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • KinderCare* Ages: 6 wks to 12 yrs
    (805) 492-2495
    2425 Oakbrook Dr
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Little Dreamers Ages: 2 to 6 yrs & 11 mos.
    (805) 379-3798
    3277 Foothill Dr
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
  • Little Oaks School * Ages: 2 1/2 yrs thru 6th grade
    (805) 495-2537
    101 N. Skyline Dr
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
  • Montessori Children's Place Ages: 2.5 to 6 (includes K)
    805-493-1177
    390 Arcturus Street
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3010
  • Montessori of the Oaks* Ages: 2 yrs to 5th grade
    (805) 497-9079
    1000 East Janss Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Neighborhood City Center For Young Children
    (805) 496-9035
    110 S. Conejo School Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, Ca 91362
  • Notre Dame Learning Center Ages: 2.9 to 5 yrs
    (805) 494-0304
    1776 Hendrix Avenue
    Thousand Oaks 91360
  • O'Shaughnessy Family Child Care Ages: Birth To 6 Years
    (805) 493-0886
    268 Larcom St.
    Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360
  • Pinecrest Preschool * Ages: 2 1/2 to 5 yrs
    (805) 497-0073
    449 Wilbur Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Rolling Oaks Child Dev. Center Ages: 18 mo to 4 yrs.
    (805) 495-2104
    400 E. Rolling Oaks Dr.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
  • Roots & Wings* Ages: 2 yrs 9 mo to 6 yrs
    (805) 492-8560
    1492 Calle Tulipan
    Thousand 0aks, CA 91360
  • Temple Adat Elohim Ages: 2 yrs to 5 yrs
    (805) 497-6920
    2420 E. Hillcrest Dr.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Temple Etz Chaim Preschool Ages: 2 to 5 yrs.
    (805)497-6852
    1080 Janss Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Tutor Time Ages: 1 yr and walking to 6 yrs.
    (818) 865-1041
    1165 Lindero Canyon Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Young Set Club* Ages: K to 6th glade
    (805) 495-2104
    400 E. Rolling Oaks Dr.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
  • Westlake Village
    Carden Conejo School Ages: 3 to 4 yrs
    (805) 497-7005
    975 Evenstar Ave
    Westlake Village, CA 91361
  • Children's World Learning Center Ages: 2 to Kindergarten
    (805) 495-0851
    917 Hampshire Road
    Westlake Village, CA 91361
  • Growing Place Preschool and Kindergarten Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 yrs
    (805) 497-7064
    1049 Westlake Blvd
    Westlake Village, CA 91361
  • Kindercare Learning Center
    (805) 495-0851
    917 Hampshire Rd
    Westlake Village, Ca 91361
  • Westlake Montessori School Ages: 2 yrs. to 1st grade
    (805) 495-2962
    228 S. Skyline Dr.
    Westlake Village, CA 91360
  • Westminster Presbyterian Preschool 2 yrs 9 mos. yrs
    (818) 889-1493
    32111 Watergate Rd
    Westlake Village, CA 91361 Ages:

*Before and/or after school care available.

Child Care Referral

  • Conejo Valley Day Care Association
    (805) 492-7882
    State Licensed Child Care Referral Service-Serving
    the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.
  • Child Development Resources (805) 485 - 7878
    Free referrals for licensed childcare.
    Spanish on site. http://www.cdrofvtaco.org
  • Gold Coast Day Care Assoc.
    (805) 649-5014- Childcare referrals to licensed family day care
    home providers who are members of the association.
  • Subsidy Child Care Programs
    Child Development Resources -- (805) 485-7878
    Subsidized child care programs based on family's gross monthly income and family size. Serves children from birth through age 13 Children at risk top priority.
  • Children's Home Society of CA -- (805) 650-5310
    Subsidized childcare programs based on family's gross monthly income and family size. Serves children from birth through age 13. Children at risk top priority.
  • Extended Opportunities Program and Services, Ventura College -- (805) 654-6302
    Financial and other assistance for students who are AFDC single heads of household with at least 1 child under 6.

Advocacy

  • Child Care Planning Council -- (805) 988-8903

The United Voice for Child Care in Ventura County. www.ccpn.org

Licensing

  • State of California Community Care Licensing/Santa Barbara -- (805) 682-7647

For information concerning complaints that may have been filed against a licensed child care center or to register a complaint about one.

Interface Agency

  • Children Family Services of Ventura County -- 1-(800) 566-6607, 24-hour (805) 496-4866.

Social service agency providing education, treatment, shelter, and counseling to abused children, troubled individuals and families in crises. Counseling and crises services provided at sites throughout the county. Programs include: youth Crises Services, Help-line, Info and Referral, Family Guidance Clinics, and Child Abuse Intervention and Prevention. Also operates a home for abused children.