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Old 08-11-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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My wife has just gotten a new job, so we need child care for our 12 month old. The problem is, most of the well known day care facilities around here a booked. Any suggestions or insight?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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you might try some of the church sponsored facilities--
check with state liscening board and BBB and go when people are picking up kids and ask them in the parking lot how they like it--how long they have been there...
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:36 AM
 
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Well known does not guarantee quality child care. First, decide what it is you want from your child care provider and what is most important. Location, price, size, curriculum (yes there is curriculum for 12 month olds regarding developmental milestones), and so on.

Location can be close to home or to work at this age, so check both areas.

A good place to start is the state website for listed, registered and licensed providers, both home and center based.
This addy will take you directly to the website to search by zip code for those listed above.
DFPS - Search Texas Child Care
If top quality is a priority, you might check the different organizations that offer accreditation like NAEYC. That means that child care provider has met higher standards than required by the state of Texas.

If you want a smaller atmosphere check out individually and privately owned centers or homes. Since not all homes are required to be listed or registered, for those you might also check various newspaper listings, craigslist, bulletin boards etc., since they won't be listed on the state's website.

Check them all out personally. Asking people for their opinions is a good place to start, but a not so good thing to rely heavily on. Parents all want different things for their own child and what's perfect for you may be completely the opposite for others.

Any good provider knows and understands that we are not the perfect fit for every single family and vice versa.

Good luck in your search.
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