Day care providers

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How much should I charge for child care?

Are you considering starting a career in child care but you’re not sure what you should charge? Or maybe you’ve been a child care provider for awhile and feel like you should be making more? Asking for a lower rate may land you the new job, but (of course) you... more

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Verify a child care center's licensing: Search by state

Before deciding on a child care center or other care facility, you should ensure it is up to date on necessary licensing. To verify the accreditation and licensing status of a child care center near you or to see if a provider has past complaints or violations, you may visit... more

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Job references: Why you need them and how to assemble a strong lineup

When families look to hire a new caregiver, trustworthiness is one of the most valued qualities. Whether they’re looking for someone to care for their new baby, an aging parent or a beloved pet, they need to know the person they’re hiring is not only qualified, but has a proven... more

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Got child care experience? Here are 7 great careers, plus tips for getting ahead

Caring for kids can be a rewarding and fun job, and — because you’re ambitious — you might naturally start to wonder: Where can I go with this? The good news is, with child care experience, there are several different career paths you could follow — and you get to... more

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6 qualities to help any day care teacher shine

I remember clearly the first time I dropped off my first child at day care. I was so scared to leave him and worried he wouldn’t get the TLC he got at home. As a new mom, a million “what-if”s ran through my mind. What if they don’t like him... more

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8 strategies for maintaining happiness and success in your day care job

If you’re starting a new job at a day care, you’re probably wondering, “How can I make the most of this opportunity?” For starters, having a good relationship with your employer is critical to your success — and there are many steps you can take to foster that. If... more

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How to write a day care resume to impress any director [with resume template]

If you’re applying for day care positions, listen up: “As child care educators, we want the most intelligent, organized and professional people we can find,” says Angela Wolfe, owner of Children’s Lighthouse of Little Elm, Texas. “A good resume shows us those people will be in for the long... more

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Starting your new day care job: 7 must-dos for a successful first day

It can be nerve-wracking to start any new job, but when you’re working at a day care, it can feel even more crucial to succeed. “Little people have big emotions, parents are trusting you with the most important things in their lives, and you will be busy, busy, busy,”... more