This is a question I have been asked numerous times, most often by parents expecting their first child. It can seem like a daunting, and even scary task for new parents. However, like many things in life, it's simply a matter of thinking positively and educating yourself. This post seeks to serve as a resource for those of you who are in this situation or may be considering selecting a new child care provider.
1. Take into consideration the hours of your workday and your commute to determine what hours your child will need care. This will allow you to narrow down your child care search to providers that offer the hours you require.
2. If you are a commuter, figure out where you will seek child care: near your home, along your commute, and/or near your work place.
3. Now you can begin your child care search with some direction. The State of Maryland offers a free service to help parents find licensed child care that meets their needs. LOCATE can be reached via telephone at