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How to pick an in-home daycare

Posted at 2:46 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 19:11:31-04

Last night, we brought you the stories of several families who say they were scammed out of hundreds of dollars by an in-home daycare provider.


The operator of Lindsey's Home Daycare in Benson asked parents to pay for weeks of childcare in advance, then closed suddenly without re-funding parents.


The scam has some parents wondering about how they can avoid similar experiences when selecting an in-home daycare.


3 News Now spoke with The Right Place Child Care Finder with the Nebraska Resource and Referral System about how you should choose an in-home daycare.


Here's what you should look for:

- Unlicensed in-home daycare providers can watch up to three children who are not members of their family; more than that would be considered a violation by the Department of Health and Human Services.

- Ask if the provider is licensed and ask to see a copy

- Request a background check.

- Search The Department of Health and Human Services website to see if the daycare has had past disciplinary actions.

- Call references

- Drop in un-announced for a tour during business hours.


The Nebraska Resource and Referral System says you should always look into at least three childcare providers before picking the best fit for your child.