This type of care is provided in a facility other than a private home; they are private businesses, not just someone taking care of children “on the side.”.
Centers may specialize in a certain age group or offer care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. Fees will vary; some receive government funding in order to offer a sliding-fee scale or scholarships for low-income families.
Centers that care for more than three children for more than three hours a day must also be licensed by the State Department of Human Services. They must follow certain health and safety standards in their facility, as well as requirement for staffing and educational programs