Once parents have thoroughly discussed the financial considerations, career issues, and emotional considerations for the parents and child, and the development and socialization needs of the child and has determined a care situation that will best balance its financial, career, and socialization needs, they must then consider which of the four primary types of childcare to use.
Types of Childcare
Four primary types of childcare settings are available to parents in the United States. These include:
Each type of care has advantages and disadvantages and may be more or less appropriate depending on parents' desires and resources. Click on the links above to jump to our discussion of each type of care, or simply read on to review all four care types.