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Selecting Child Care for Children

  • By: Marilyn J. Krajicek & Barbara U. Hamilton
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

More than 12 million children under the age of 6 in the United States are in some type of child care arrangement every week. This care is offered in a variety of settings. Child care centers, for example, provide care and education and are usually located in a stand-alone building. In larger organizations, these centers can be located at the work site. Licensing of these centers is required in every state except Idaho. Family home child care, on the other hand, is provided in the home of the caregiver. Child care often provides education as well as care. Licensing of these facilities varies among states, with some states exempting the license requirement. Before and after school child care may be in any of the above ...

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