10 questions to ask when choosing a day-care provider

Looking for a day-care center for your little one? You’re far from alone.

Nearly six out of every 10 children younger than 5 in the United States receive nonparental care, the U.S. Education Department reports. Of that group, 62 percent attend a day-care center.

Finding the right day-care program for your child, though, can be a challenge, especially if you’re a first-time parent who’s unfamiliar with the process. And, depending on where you live, you may have a lot of options, with an estimated 856,238 day-care facilities operating across the United States, according to 2021 estimate by Statista, a market research firm.

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