Child Care

Introduction to Child Care

One of the biggest decisions parents have to make after choosing to have a child involves deciding who will care for that child, especially during the early developmental years. Parents choose to resolve this difficult dilemma in many ways. Some families choose to use full-time childcare, while in other families one parent stays or works at home for all or part of the time. In other families, a parent chooses to leave the workforce completely in order to become the primary caregiver.

Finding appropriate and affordable child care is often a challenge. There are different options available in different places, and at many different price points (although all options are expensive). Each care option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. It can be confusing for parents to sort though the different options, and to locate local caregiving resources that fit their individual needs while remaining appropriate and affordable.

Child Care — In The News
Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated: Poll Nov 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of American parents would consider removing their children from day care if other kids did not have all the recommended vaccinations, and many say that under-vaccinated children shouldn't be allowed to attend day care. Those are among the findings from a national... Read More


Health Tip: Saying Goodbye to Your Child at Day Care Nov 5, 2014

(HealthDay News) -- Dropping off your child at day care can be emotional for parents and little ones. But there are things you can do to help make the experience easier. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: For infants, remember that what they need is comfort and basic... Read More


ER Visits Peak When Kids Barred From Child Care: Study Jun 23, 2014

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room. That's because a doctor's note is often required for... Read More


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Borrowing Babies: Great Practice Or Exploitation Of The Powerless? Jul 31, 2008

I am not much of a t.v. watcher, so I am not always in tune with hot or controversial programs. However, the controversy surrounding one of the most recent... Read More