Almost all childcare providers work with parents before they dismiss a child.
When a child’s behavior becomes a concern, most providers:
- Observe and document the behavior.
- Meet with parents to discuss behavior and consequences.
- Offer parents with outside resources to assist.
- Provide the family with other contacts for a new placement.
Common reasons for dismissal:
- A child’s need for more specialized care.
- A child’s health issues.
- Behavior challenges.
- Safety of other children.
- Lack of staff to care for all enrolled children.
- Family’s inability to pay.
To keep a good relationship with your child care provider and support your child:
- Do your best to pay the bill on time and look for financial help to pay.
- Be involved and communicate with the providers.
- Be open about issues you have at home with your child.
- Listen to the concerns your child care provider shares with you.
- Arrange a free developmental screening for your child, so you can learn about any unmet needs your child may have.
- Learn about social-emotional development, positive discipline, and healthy communication to give your child the best you can.
If you are a provider, contact Child Care Aware to learn about working with an inclusion specialist to help resolve issues before you decide to dismiss a child from your care.