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You and Your Health

Health Tip: Selecting a Childcare Provider

Factors to consider include staff-to-child ratio

If you’re a new mom who is planning to return to work soon, you may need to find a reputable childcare provider.

The womenshealth.gov website suggests how to evaluate any childcare center:

  -Visit many different facilities and spend considerable time at each one, to get a good feel for the environment and quality of care.
  -Watch and listen for busy, active and happy children.
  -Count how many staff members are assigned to each child, and make sure that ratio complies with state guidelines.
  -Research the staff’s experience and individual backgrounds.