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Child Care Centers care for children in groups. All states require centers to be licensed. The definition of licensed child care varies by state or territory.
Licensing does not insure quality but it does set minimum health, safety and caregiver training standards which centers must maintain. All states inspect centers at least once a year.
Parents choose centers because they believe that larger groups, multiple caregivers and state inspections make programs safer for their children and make the arrangement more dependable. They respect the reputation of the child care program or the institution sponsoring the program.
Many parents believe that more staff, space, equipment, toys and organized activities provide a better learning environment for their children.