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Now what? Choosing day care

Parent wonders how to decide between church and secular day-care

Q: I'm going back to work full time this fall and need to find day care for my toddler. Although our church has a child-care program, I'm also considering a secular day care near my job. How do I decide which one to pick?

Mother and toddlerA: Do your homework carefully before making your choice. Visit both programs and observe how the teachers interact with the children.

Ask questions about health and safety inspections, child-to-teacher ratios, staff training and background checks, and the classroom curriculum.

Church programs often include a weekly chapel program and mealtime prayers, which help children grow in their awareness of God's love.

For more information about choosing child care, visit Child Care Aware.

Send questions to Diana Dworin.


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