Choosing a day-care provider:
by Lisa Schulman
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Visit the facility twice: once by yourself to ask questions, and once with your child to observe.
Know your state's licensing regulations. Do they include mandatory CPR training, frequent inspections, background checks, fingerprinting and TB tests?
Before you begin the search, write your "wish list" for a caregiver. Update and delete as your perceptions change. When you think you have found someone, make sure he or she fits the bill on the majority of "wish" list items.
When placing an ad in the paper, use the phone to screen thoroughly. Only visit the top candidates.
Always check references.
If you see parents on-site, be subtle but try to get impromptu references.
Before acceptance, ask yourself, "Do I feel completely confident with this person?"