Licensing is intended as a floor of quality to protect against harm.
Never assume that a license means a program has been inspected. Some state legislatures have not provided funds for inspection staff.
Never assume that a referral means that a program has been screened. In many cases, the child care referrals that you receive are based on self-reported information from caregivers who are operating legally, but whose services may not have been screened. This handbook and the conversations you have with a child care consultant will give you the information and ideas you need to decide whether the care you choose meets your requirements.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.