It’s time to go back to work, and you’re searching for a new childcare facility for your little one. So what should you look for when selecting a childcare center? A friendly environment with happy kids, to be sure. But what about the things that aren’t necessarily evident to the naked eye, like health and safety concerns?
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Child Care Aware of America provides excellent overall guidance on selecting a childcare provider. Check out their Child Care 101 for information on how to get started with your search. Be sure to plan some time at the center so you can observe the childcare providers with the children. In addition, when visiting centers you are interested in, be sure to ask about their written policies on nutrition, media and outdoor play. For example: