Occasionally, you may hear horror stories about children being abused or maltreated by their caregivers. Fortunately, such situations are very rare. Be wary of a center or family child care provider who is reluctant to have you drop in unannounced, discourages or prevents parents from talking with one another, or is unwilling to discuss any concern you have about your child or the daily program.
Remember to ask for and check references before you make a final decision about a care-giver. You can also call your state's licensing office to review the caregiver's record.
You will be making a contribution to the community if you tell your child care consultant about any programs you have rejected because there seem to be serious licensing violations or unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
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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.