Children’s safety and quality learning are our top priorities. Wonderschool is proud to work with program directors who are committed to offer high-quality early education. Our Child Care Finder is designed for families to look for care with peace of mind.
All license-eligible programs must operate within their state’s regulations for child care programs. Wonderschool verifies that every licensed program is in fact licensed, and in good standing with the state’s licensing agency, during the initial provider onboarding process. This process is completed using each state’s public child care licensing portal, where records and inspection reports are available for all licensed programs for a minimum of three years.
A program whose license status has been verified by the Wonderschool team will indicate the Wonderschool logo next to their school name on the listing results page.
Wonderschool advises non-licensed programs (e.g. forest schools and microschools that are not licensable under current regulations in most states) that they follow state licensing guidelines to the best of their ability.
Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Most state licensing requirements include a background check for every adult working in the program. If a program director moves from one state to another, re-licensing is required to meet the requirements of the new state. Licensure ensures children’s health and safety, provides a baseline of quality of the program, and allows for peace of mind for parents. Licensed program directors also implement systems in place to ensure compliance, such as:
Below are some resources to check the licensing requirements of your state:
Wonderschool completes a licensing history check on each program listed on Child Care Finder to ensure the program remains in good standing every 30 days. In the event of a serious licensing infraction, or a series of infractions or complaints, Wonderschool may decide to remove (temporarily or permanently) a program from the marketplace.
If a program is found to be in violation of their state’s regulations, we may remove their listings from the Wonderschool marketplace. If a citation, complaint, or investigation is initiated for any child care program or provider using the Wonderschool platform, Wonderschool will always cooperate with agencies to ensure full resolution.
We’ve designed the process of finding child care with safety and quality in mind.
Many providers share their background and credentials, teaching philosophies, curriculum schedules, and photos of the day-to-day on their listing pages. Read thoroughly to see if their learning styles suit your child’s learning needs. You may see a section in a provider’s listing called Badges: Wonderschool requires providers to submit documentation that is authenticated prior to issuing education and experience badges.
Take a look at the ratings and reviews from other families to learn more about the programs. Families can only leave feedback for the programs in which their children are enrolled, so that you know it is their feedback based on actual experiences.
Keep yourself and payments protected by staying on our platform throughout the entire process, from communication and tour scheduling to enrollment and tuition payment.
Our team is available to help make things right. If you have questions or encounter issues related to enrollment applications, billing, or platform experience, let us know how we can help by emailing us at [email protected].