Everything You Need in Order to Put Together—and Start Using—a Day-to-Day Childcare Arrangement You Trust

Finding good-quality childcare isn’t the only hurdle to becoming a successful and satisfied working parent, but it is the most important, particularly in these early days. And unlike in the wonderful, classic film Mary Poppins, in which the ideal caregiver floats magically down from the sky, your search for it will likely take meaningful time and effort. A perfect care arrangement will be hard to find—if such a thing even exists—and while you’re looking for it, you’ll need to focus on things like costs, daycare licensing requirements, the looming end of parental leave, and your backup care plan, which of course no character in ...

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