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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Choosing Childcare

Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Finding the Right Childcare

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: October 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What are the different types of childcare?
There are 3 main types of childcare: in-home care, family childcare, and center-based care. Choose the caregiver that best meets your needs and your child's needs. The following information will help you choose the type of care that is best for your family. To find more information on childcare, call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246 or the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care at 1-800-598-KIDS (5437).

In-home Care
Family Childcare

Center-based Care

What are the steps to choosing childcare?

What should I ask during the first phone call?

What should I look for during the first visit?

What should I ask the childcare staff?

What should I ask other parents?

What should I ask the local childcare resource/licensing center?

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