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Child CareChoosing a BabysitterWe researched the subject, interviewed babysitters, babysitting agencies, the American Red Cross and moms and dads about finding a good babysitter. Here are their top pieces of advice.Choosing a NannyWe researched, spoke with nannies, nanny placement agencies and parents who use nannies to find the best advice to start you off on your search for your own Mary Poppins. Evaluating Your Child-Care ProviderOnce you've selected a child-care provider, follow these suggestions to ensure it's the right choice for you and your child.Finding Affordable Child CareFinding affordable child care isn't easy. Here is a "starter" list of resources and tips to help you on your search. Recommended Adult-to-Child Child-Care RatiosToo much or just right? Here's the recommended ratio of caregiver-to-child.
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Recommended Adult-to-Child Child-Care Ratios

Too much or just right? Here's the recommended ratio of caregiver-to-child.

  • Infants (up to 12 months): No more than eight babies per group; one adult for every four babies.
  • Young Toddlers (12–24 months): No more than 12 kids per group; one adult for every four children.
  • Older Toddlers (24–30 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every six children.
  • Preschoolers (30 months to 5 years): No more than 20 children per group; one adult for every 10 children.
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Child CareChoosing a Babysitter

We researched the subject, interviewed babysitters, babysitting agencies, the American Red Cross and moms and dads about finding a good babysitter. Here are their top pieces of advice.

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Choosing a Nanny

We researched, spoke with nannies, nanny placement agencies and parents who use nannies to find the best advice to start you off on your search for your own Mary Poppins.

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Evaluating Your Child-Care Provider

Once you've selected a child-care provider, follow these suggestions to ensure it's the right choice for you and your child.

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Finding Affordable Child Care

Finding affordable child care isn't easy. Here is a "starter" list of resources and tips to help you on your search.

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Recommended Adult-to-Child Child-Care Ratios

Too much or just right? Here's the recommended ratio of caregiver-to-child.

 Read More