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A SelectSmart.com Parenting Selector by Melissa Preston, created October 2000. It can be tough to decide what type of child care is right for your child. This test is designed for parents who are just going back to work, starting a new job, or looking for care other than what they have now. This test won't tell you what kind of care is perfect for your child, but can give you a place to start focusing your research
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1. Do you need care that is available outside "normal" business hours?
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2. Do you require your childcare provider to be licensed by your state or educated in early childhood development?
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3. Are you looking for a budget-friendly childcare solution?
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4. Are you looking for more than 4 hours a day of care?
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5. Would you be willing to let a child care provider live with you?
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6. Do you have more than two children who need child care?
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7. Is your child under 30 months old?
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8. Do you want your child to be "educated" through the child care you choose?
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9. Would you like things like morals, ethics, family values, etiquette, etc. to be a part of your child's care?
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10. Do you have friends or relatives with children within two years in age to your own?
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11. Are you the only adult in your household responsible for making child care decisions?
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12. Do you want your child to form a close, personal relationship with another adult?
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13. Do you want your child to experience the "outside" world; for instance, parks, zoos, museums, science centers, etc?
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14. Is your child emotionally different than his/her peers?
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15. Is your child intellectually different than his/her peers?
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16. Does your family have different cultural or religious values than the majority of your community?
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17. Does your child have any specific dietary or medication needs (for example, allergies, vegetarian, asthma)?
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18. Is your child often aggressive when playing with other children?
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19. Is your child shy, quiet, or have difficulty approaching new people?
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20. Do you think your child needs more interaction with other children?
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21. Would your child have difficulty entertaining him/herself for long periods of time while remaining relatively safe and content?
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22. Do you need to find care within the next two weeks?
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23. Do you like your job?
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24. COULD you keep your child at home if you "really" wanted to?
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