Choosing Quality Care

As you search for child care, you’re no doubt giving considerable thought to safety. Before you make a decision, you’ll want to evaluate the quality of potential child care providers—and, once you’ve chosen a provider, monitor the quality of care over time.

Click the tabs below to learn more about our guide for parents, access to guidance and information provided to employees through, and other helpful resources.

Parents’ Guide to Choosing Quality Care

Check back soon for our guide, with helpful suggestions on how to best evaluate the quality of child care providers. Services

Through’s Care@Work program, all full-time JHU faculty and staff receive a free premium membership to’s portal (Care@Work also provides JHU faculty and staff with backup care). The membership includes the ability to conduct self-directed searches and view provider profiles, which include experience, references, and background checks already conducted. Parents can request additional background checks for a fee as well.’s portal also includes a Safety Center, with guidance on assessing providers, a background check overview, and answers to frequently asked questions.

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More Resources

For feedback on specific child care providers, check out:

  • Maryland EXCELS, which provides quality ratings for child care centers, school-age child care programs, family child care homes, and public pre-kindergarten programs
  • NAYEC, which offers an accreditation process and standards for early learning programs
Looking for child care? Our partnership with LOCATE: Child Care by the Maryland Family Network puts Maryland families seeking child care in touch with a LOCATE specialist who can assist with enhanced child care information and referral services. Learn about LOCATE services and how to register for assistance.