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Tulare County Early Stars - for Parents

Early Stars helps you choose preschools and childcare for your young children by providing a star rating that is easy to understand.

Choosing the Right Care

When you need to choose a care provider for your child, Early Stars makes the choice easier.

How to choose the right care

Trusting someone else to care for your child is a huge decision. There is also a lot to consider in choosing the right care for your child. Balancing your child's needs and your busy schedule as a working parent can be tough. Early Stars is here to help you find quality care because quality matters.

Consider the type of care

Family care providers use their own private homes to care for children. The number of children is usually smaller than other type of care.

Centers can be owned by individuals or organizations and usually have larger groups of children and more staff.

What kind of environment do you prefer for your child?

Visit and ask questions

Visit more than one provider. Talk with staff, teachers, or the director. Ask them questions. Make note of what you see. Trust your intuition.

Talk to a professional

The experts at Tulare County Office of Education's Early Childhood Education Resource & Referral Services can answer your questions and help you find the best care and education for your children, including those with special needs. Contact them at (559) 651-0185.

Tulare County Early Stars



Tulare County Office of Education
Early Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System
Lorena Castillo, Program Manager
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C, Visalia, CA 93291 · · phone: (559) 651-0862