High quality can be found in any type of care, whether it's a center, family child care, in-home care, or a relative. So can low quality. As you look at your options, remember that your major task as a parent is to pick the best care you can from the choices available to you. If you think you'd prefer a family child care home, for instance, but you've found one good center and three mediocre homes, you might be better off choosing the center. In the same way, if you're looking for centers but can't find one you really like, a high-quality home would e a better choice than a poor-quality center. The chapter you just read gave you a summary of what the experts know about child care quality. The program that sent you this booklet can send you a summary of your state licensing standards. And you have your own ideas about what your child needs and what you want for your child.
Putting all these factors together will help you make the best possible choice about your child's care.
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