Choosing daycare is one of the most stressful tasks that parents encounter. There are many daycare options (PDF) to evaluate based on your personal needs.
Here are some of my favorite tips to guide you through the process with links to longer posts on certain topics:
- Evaluate caregivers. Try to interview and evaluate caregivers in a systematic way. Use an Interview Guide (PDF) to keep your interviews on track and productive.
- Hire help. For parents who opt to hire help in their home, a myriad of issues and tasks will confront them. Look at the big picture, including the total expense including taxes and any increased expenses (lodging, food, car, insurance) you’ll incur. Think about creative ways to find people; network with friends and at school.