How Not To Choose An At-Home Daycare In Texas

Choosing a daycare is hard for all parents

Some parents prefer to choose an at-home facility as their budget doesn’t allow them to pay over $300+ a week at a daycare. It's not easy to trust someone with your child, let alone a stranger. We have written guides on how to choose the correct daycare and what to look for when touring a daycare but I am here to inform you on what not to do when looking for an at-home daycare.

You do not want to look for daycare providers on Craigslist. This is not a safe option because it gives you limited information and you are not able to view who’s posting the ad as well as not being able to see the physical location of the “daycare.”

These at-home daycare providers that are listed on Craigslist are more than likely not registered to the State of Texas. Meaning a random person woke up one day and decided that they wanted to make easy money by taking care of kids. There’s no way for you to know their criminal background.

There’s a lot of information they are not providing such as:

  • Do they know CPR in the case of an emergency?
  • How often do they keep up with disinfecting and sanitizing?
  • Will your kid be the only one that’s being taken care of or will there be multiple kids?
  • Will a boyfriend or husband be around?
  • Do they have kids?
  • How long have they been taking care of kids?
  • What are their hours?

You will also not be able to read reviews on this at-home daycare facility because they are not an actual business. There could have been multiple kids injured at this home and you would never know. There have been cases of babies dying under the care of an at-home daycare facility.

Check out our blog, Dangers Of At-Home Daycare Facilities in Texas.

What Can Be Done About It?

There are great alternatives to use instead of Craigslist. Such as Care.com, this website allows you to put in your spending limit, location, and the age of your child/children. Once you add that information into the search engine, it will show you all of the daycare facilities around you as well as nannies that will come to your house and take care of your child.

What Can The Button Law Firm Do To Help?

If you’re in the process of looking for a daycare for your child please check out our daycare articles, you will find useful information to help you make an important decision.


If your child got hurt while attending an at-home daycare, please call us at 214-888-2216. We will help you take the next steps. Also, please take the time to read our article on what to do when your child is hurt at a daycare center.

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