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    Childcare Provider Evaluation Checklist
    This checklist will help you ask the right questions when interviewing a potential childcare provider. ...
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    Terminating the Childcare Relationship
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    Helping Your Child Adjust to Childcare
    Helping Your Child Adjust to Childcare Depending upon your family situation, your child may have no trouble at all getting used to a new childcare situation. On the other hand—particularly if he or she is a certain age and has been home with you...
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    Resolving Problems with the Caregiver
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    Monitoring the Childcare Situation
    Monitoring the Childcare SituationWhether or not your child seems comfortable with your childcare arrangement, it is necessary to keep tabs on the situation to ensure that it continues to be satisfactory. If your child is old enough to express hi...
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    Maintaining a Good Relationship with Childcare Providers
    Maintaining a Good Relationship with Childcare ProvidersNo matter if you have outside or in-home childcare, one of the best things you can do for your child is to keep up a good association with the child­care provider. The most crucial element ...
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    5 Warning Signs Your Child's Daycare Is Not Right for You
    You may think you've found the best daycare for your child, but are you sure? It's important to know what to look for in a quality daycare center, as well as signs that may indicate a potential problem. After all, if you can't be with your child ...
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    Helping Your Child Adjust to Childcare Depending upon your family situation, your child may have no trouble at all getting used to a new childcare situation. On the other hand—particularly if he or she is a certain age and has been home with you...
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    Harmful or Abusive Childcare Situations
    Harmful or Abusive Childcare SituationsBecause you have done your homework before leaving your child with a caregiver for the first time, the chances of your child being placed in a dangerous childcare setting are minimal. At the same time, you d...
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    Backup Childcare
    Backup ChildcareWhat if your child attends a family day care and the day care provider's own children develop a contagious illness? What if the day care provider becomes sick? Suppose your child is in a day care center, but comes down with a stom...
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    Changing Childcare Providers
    Terminating the Childcare Relationship
    Terminating the Childcare RelationshipAny number of circumstances may cause a family to decide to end its relationship with the childcare provider. The decision may not be because of a problem with the relationship. The family may decide to reloc...
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    Day Care Cuisine
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    When to Start Day Care
    Most experts advise waiting as long as possible before putting your child into day care. ...
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    The End-of-Summer Childcare Gap
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    Monitoring the Childcare Situation
    Monitoring the Childcare SituationWhether or not your child seems comfortable with your childcare arrangement, it is necessary to keep tabs on the situation to ensure that it continues to be satisfactory. If your child is old enough to express hi...
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    Cameras in Daycare Facilities
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