Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make. The decision to stay at home or return to work is not easy. Child care has many benefits, including preparing children for school. Most strive to create settings that help children grow and learn. Finding a child care program that meets the needs of you and your family can be a critical issue.
What are my child care options?
Child care centers Child care is typically provided to children in a nonresidential building with classrooms of children in different age groups. Care is provided to children for less than 24 hours per day.
Family child care Child care is typically provided to children in the child care providers residence. Family child care homes usually provide care for a small number of children of mixed ages and have one care provider.
Family, friend, and neighbor care Child care is provided by your relatives, friends, neighbors, and/or other adults that have a close relationship with you. Care can be provided in your home or your familys, friends, or neighbors home.
Nanny/au pair Child care is provided by one person hired by you to come into your home on a live-in or live-out basis. Nannies/au pairs can care for your children or groups of children from several families.