You may have seen the public service announcements from CPS called Don TMt be in the dark. It TMs a message aimed at parents, urging them to do their research before making a decision on a day care.
To help parents, CPS has a website with information you need to about each center in your city.
All you have to do is log on www.txchildcaresearch.org.
Once there, you can either enter the center TMs name or your zip code to see if they are regulated by the state and have all of their proper licensing up to date.
There is also information on any inspections done at the particular center and if they were given any citations. You can even read the reports done by the inspector.
CPS regional spokesman John Lennan adds its important to go tour the facility you chose, before making a final decision.
Another frequently asked questions, Lennan says is whether babysitters need to be licensed.
He says its varies depending on how many children the person cares for and for how long they watch them and also if they are related to the children or not.
For more information log on to www.txchildcaresearch.org or you can call 1-866-892-4453.