Child Care Comparison Checklist

When looking for a child care provider, know the right questions to ask

To make a confident decision in regards to care and education for your child, you need to know the right questions to ask.  Our Parent Checklist will provide a reference guide during your review process.  We recommend you use this checklist to ask questions and compare AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool with other providers. 

We feature all of the items listed below and would love to show them to you when you schedule a tour.


  • Warm and inviting atmosphere
  • Greeted with a friendly smile
  • Warm, pleasant environment with soft paint tones to intrigue but not overstimulate children
  • All meals and snacks are provided (not formula or baby food)
  • Menu meets or exceeds USDA guidelines
  • Adequate classroom space available for varied activities
  • Staff are easily identified with uniforms and name tags
  • Teachers receive on-going training throughout the year
  • Low VOC emission carpet
  • Spacious, attractive, separate playgrounds for younger and older children
  • Personal storage cubby and nap bag provided to each child

Health & Safety

  • Caregivers/teachers are certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Restrooms and hand-washing facilities are easily accessible in each classroom
  • Webcam access to child's classroom
  • Secured entry doors with code access
  • Check-in/check-out procedure
  • Learning materials are age-appropriate and safe
  • All dangerous products (ex: medicines, chemicals) are out of reach of children
  • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are available
  • Severe weather, fire, and emergency drills are performed

Learning Environment

  • Program based on age-appropriate learning objectives
  • Teachers demonstrate positive communication with children
  • Developmentally-appropriate activities planned each day
  • Teachers interact with children at their level and in a way that maximizes learning
  • Planned schedule of activities is available
  • Infants and young children have separate environments
  • Infants have individualized lesson plans
  • Child assessments are used to guide instruction and conduct parent-teacher conferences

Interest Areas/Curriculum

  • Reading and literature areas
  • Dramatic play areas
  • Early math and problem-solving areas
  • Creative areas
  • Blocks/community awareness areas
  • Science/sensory areas
  • Computers equipped with age-appropriate software
  • Age-appropriate curriculum with engaging activities
  • Curriculum provides or both child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities
  • Critical pre-writing and pre-reading skills are practiced every day
  • Take-Home Readers are provided at every age to extend learning into your home

Parent Communication

  • Daily verbal communication between teachers and parents
  • Newsletters and memos are provided to parents
  • Parent-teacher conferences with child growth and progress reports
  • Many school events are offered for family involvement
  • Parents are informed of accidents and unusual incidents
  • Daily reports for communication available online in real time
  • Monthly Home Connection activities are provided

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Oaktree Academy has partnered with Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool! With this partnership we are also expanding with an addition to the school building. To celebrate these exciting changes, we are hosting an Open House on February 8th, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. Come tour the new state-of-the-art building and meet our Program Director, Carrie Quillan and her teaching team members. Learn more about our curriculum and programming. Enjoy local business partner vendors, as well as refreshments and fun for the whole family!