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Day Care: Choosing a Good Center
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Whether you are considering a commercial day care center or one in someone's home, you should check it out carefully. Ask questions of the staff. Talk to parents of other children at the day care center. Look over the center carefully. This handout gives you a list of questions to get started.

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Finding and Selecting Good Child Care: A Guide for Parents Returning to Work
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A big question for anyone going back to work is, "Who will take care of my children?" Finding good child care takes time and thought. Parents need to think about the types of child care programs, what good child care is and which arrangement best meets their needs.

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How to find good daycare
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Approach your daycare search as you would a job hunt. Be thorough, do your homework, and start your quest early — six months before you'll need it isn't too soon, especially if you live in a large city where daycare slots fill up faster than subway cars during rush hour. Once you find a promising daycare center or home daycare, you'll need to take a few steps to make sure it's one you want to stick with. We've outlined the process for you below.

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Tips for Parents: What Age Can My Child Stay Home Alone?
Friday, July 03, 2009

In Tips for Parents: What Age Can My Child Stay Home Alone, learn state requirements, if any, about the minimum age children can stay home alone, get expert recommendations, and find a checklist to help you prepare your child for staying home alone.

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Tips for Parents: Child Care Complaints
Friday, July 03, 2009

In Tips for Parents: Child Care Complaints, discover how you can find out if the child care provider you are considering has any official complaints filed against them.

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Tips for Parents: Latch Key Kids
Friday, July 03, 2009

In Tips for Parents: Latch Key Kids, learn why kids that are old enough to stay home alone still need plenty of parental involvement in their lives.

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Video: Latch Key Kids Need Attention
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Unsupervised children are at increased risk for violence, drugs, and sexual activity.

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Video: Child Care Providers Need Training
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Why ongoing training makes for a better pre-school.

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Video: After School Care-What to Look For
Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to find a good after-school program.

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National Network for Child Care
Thursday, March 06, 2008

With articles, conferences, publications, resources, email forum, and much more.  Topics include child abuse, children with special needs, guidance and discipline, nutrition and diet, and activities and learning.

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National Child Care Information Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Featuring “Finding Child Care Near You,” financial assistance, and information about quality child care.  From the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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Five Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From the National Association of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies.  This website also includes a child care connector, and extensive information about choosing a child care provider, licensing and accreditation, and other helpful tools and resources. Also available in Spanish.

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After-School Programs - Keeping Children Safe and Smart
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the US Department of Education, with sections on the potential of after-school programs, components of exemplary after-school programs, examples of communities meeting the need for after-school activities, and after-school resources.

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