popular topics in childcare

  • Babies and Toddlers
    Choosing a Daycare
    Evaluating Out-of-Home Childcare
    Evaluating Out-of-Home ChildcareIn both day care centers and family day care, two processes serve to ensure quality in childcare-licensing and accreditation. Licensing is the means by which childcare providers are monitored by each state. All sta...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Choosing a Daycare
    Day Care Centers and Preschools
    Day Care Centers and Preschools Day care centers, as well as preschools, typically are institutional settings similar to elementary schools. Often, children are grouped in classroom-type arrangements according to age, with one or more teachers or...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Childcare Issues
    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...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Childcare Issues
    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...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Au Pairs
    Au Pairs
    Au PairsAu pairs may be a more cost-effective option for families with two or more children than paying for each child to attend outside childcare. An au pair is a young person from another country who comes to the United States to absorb America...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Childcare Issues
    Day Care Cuisine
    Day Care Cuisine With more mothers working full or part time, childcare is a fact of life for most families. Nearly 13 million American preschoolers are enrolled in childcare programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Th...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Hiring a Nanny/Babysitter
    How to Get What You Want from the Nanny
    How to Get What You Want from the Nanny Love for Hire Suppose you could create the ideal nanny. Chances are it would be someone who sat down for her interview and announced, "I have really enjoyed being a nanny. I honestly don't believe there is ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Hiring a Nanny/Babysitter
    Believe in Babysitters
    Believe in BabysittersBefore we had kids, dinner guests shared their babysitting morays with us: Except for a handful of evenings when relatives visited, the couple didn't go out by themselves for the first three years of their children's lives ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Adjusting to Daycare
    When to Start Day Care
    Most experts advise waiting as long as possible before putting your child into day care. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Childcare Issues
    The End-of-Summer Childcare Gap
    The End-of-Summer Childcare GapA Working Parent's Nightmare In the last few weeks of summer, the phone rings off the hook at Parents in a Pinch, a Massachusetts-based childcare agency that specializes in helping parents in Boston and Baltimore fi...
    Katy Abel
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Choosing a Daycare
    In-Home Care vs. Commercial Daycare Centers
    In-home care and commercial daycare centers are quite different in many aspects. ...
  • Kids
    Childhood Illnesses
    My Children Got Sick at Day Care
    What actions should you take when your children get sick at day care? ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Abusive Childcare
    Cameras in Daycare Facilities
    Web cameras that allow parents to observe their children's daycare center can foster peace of mind. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Hiring a Nanny/Babysitter
    Questions to Ask Potential Nannies
    Pre-employment questions are low-tech, easy tests you can perform when screening someone to take care of your kids. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Childcare Issues
    Child Care Safety Checklist for Parents
    Child Care Safety Checklist for ParentsCRIBS: Make sure cribs meet current national safety standards and are in good condition. Look for a certification safety seal. Older cribs may not meet current standards. Crib slats should be no more than 2 ...
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission