About 55 percent of mothers with infant children are working moms, according to U.S. Census stastics. And the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) reports that more than 11 million American kids under age 5 have some type of child care arrangement, averaging about 36 hours a week. So when you find yourself faced with finding safe, quality day care, how do you begin?
While many families look to grandparents and other relatives to offer care, others use child care centers, preschools and non-relative in-home or out-of-home caregivers. The possibilities may seem overwhelming but we've broken it down into five manageable steps.
First, let's figure out what kind of care your family needs.