What is Daycare for Kids?

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What is daycare?

Daycare is a childcare option where parents drop-off their children during the day for care, supervision and learning. Daycares are formal, structured environments with specific drop-off and pick-up times. Daycare centers specialize in care of infants through pre-schoolers, although some daycare facilities also offer before-and after-school care for school-aged children as well. Each daycare has different rules, but many will take babies as young as 3 months.

Some operators even transport children to and home from school and a select number will also provide transportation to certain extracurricular offerings or sports programs. Some daycares have formal schedules, like a school when children become toddler age. Most daycare centers are national or regional chains; some are privately owned. Be sure to check with your state to determine regulations, licensing or accreditation requirements. The daycare director should also be able to tell you what type of education and training teachers have received.

For more information on daycares:

Daycare costs

Pros and cons of daycare vs. nanny

Questions to ask when choosing a daycare

Updated by Jill Ceder

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