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Child Care: How to Find a Family Day Care Center

Looking for a family day care center? Learn how to choose the best family day care center for your baby.

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A family or home day care center is a child care facility that is located in a residential home. Home day care should be licensed with your state just like a larger day care facility. Here are few ways you can find a family day care center near you. First, ask fellow parents and child care experts. Family day care centers don't usually have an advertising budget, so they receive most of their business through word of mouth. Asking parents in your child's play group or in your neighborhood for recommendations, even if they have older children, is a great starting point. Teachers and pediatricians may also have recommendations. Second, go online. Use your favorite search engine to look up family day care centers in your city. Finally, check community bulletin boards. Look for flyers or information posted at indoor play gyms, community centers, children's music classes, or children's consignment shops. There are many unlicensed family day care centers. So, always do your homework. Schedule a time to observe and ask questions. This is an important decision, and you wanna be sure it is a good fit for you and your child.