*A schedule that meets young children's needs for routine, but is flexible enough to meet the needs of each child.
*Staff that not only appear to be patient and friendly, but also seem to enjoy their work.
*Staff that are knowledgeable in child development and are engaged in ongoing training.
*Parents are encouraged to observe, discuss policies, make suggestions, and participate in the program.
*A wide variety of develomentally appropriate materials, equipment, and activities, both inside and outside, are available.
*Community resources are used to support the program and families.
*Nutritious meals and snacks are served.
*The indoor and outdoor environments are clean and safe.
*Program has a written philosophy around which the curriculum is based.
*Transportation, when provided, uses appropriate seat belts and car seats.
*Developmentally appropriate self-help skills are taught and incorporated into the daily schedule.
*Communication with families occurs on a regular basis through notes, newsletters, parent information boards, individual contact, and parent conferences.