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Child Care: Tips for Choosing a Good Day Care Center

Ready to choose a day care center? Watch for tips to help you choose the best one.

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Selecting a Day Care Center is an important step for any growing family. So how do you choose the best one? Here are some tips to consider. First, search for licensed Day Care Centers. While each state has different requirements for verifying Day Care facilities, all states offer some form of a licensing process. This process doesn't guarantee a perfect day care but it does insure that the facility complies with basic health, safety and care regulations. Second, set up a time to observe the Day Care Center. During your visit, watch both the staff and the children. Does the stuff seemed attentive, caring and involved? Do the children look happy, comfortable and engaged? Are they comforted if distressed? Also, look at the types of toys and activities the center offers and see where the children eat, nap, and play. Finally, ask questions. Be proactive in finding out information about the Day Care Center. Be sure to ask about the center's caregiver to child ratio and their philosophies, on discipline and play and learning. And don't be afraid to talk with parents dropping off their children. Remember to trust your instincts and always keep in mind that you are just looking for a great day care. You're looking for the best day care that fits with your child and your family.