When looking at options for child care there are many important factors to evaluate. Here is a quick comparison of two popular types of child care. Both of these types of providers are licensed and monitored by Child Care Licensing (under the department of Social Services)
|Home-based Family Child Care||Child Care Center|
|Provide child care in an caregiver's family home||Provide child care in a classroom facility|
|The setting will vary and might imitate a preschool or the comforts of a home||The settings will vary and often will model traditional preschool classrooms|
|Hours are usually set, however, their schedules are often more flexible than centers. Some provide non-traditional hours care (e.g. overnight).||Hours of operation are set, and flexibility is rare|
|Health and safety and CPR certifications are required but education and experience varies||Health and safety and CPR certifications are required and teachers must complete 12 Early Childhood Education post-secondary units|
|The average cost is often less than centers. Click here to view cost comparisons||The average cost is typically higher than for an FCC. Click here to view cost comparisons|
|Less likely to have a waitlist and registration fees||Often have waitlists and some have additional registration fees|
|The curriculum is diverse and varies greatly by provider. Activities may be less formal and taught through various techniques and pedagogies.||The curriculum is diverse and utilizes various teaching techniques and pedagogies. Lesson plans may be more formally designed and presented.|
|Flexibility to care for children ages 0-13 yrs. old (each program may vary)||Care for children 0-6 yrs. (each program may vary)|
|Typically has mixed-age groups||Typically taught in groups divided by age|
Visit our mobile-friendly Child Care Finder to find a program near you or contact a Child Care Resource and Referral Counselor to discuss your child care options and obtain a listing of programs. Email: email@example.com or (415)343-3300.
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