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Finding The Right Childcare Center

Finding The Right Childcare Center

Finding The Right Childcare Center

What is your most valuable asset? Depending on who you are and what you care about, the answer to this question could vary. It may be your car, your home, or even a fancy television. What precautionary steps do you take to protect those assets? Before you purchased something with such a high value, did you conduct research to find out its reliability or return on investment? Now, the last question. Did you conduct research before selecting a childcare facility for your kids?

You might not think of your children as an asset, but if you’re a parent then you probably agree that your children are the most valuable thing in your life. So why didn’t you vet their caregiver as much as you did automobile or homeowner’s insurance? You’re in luck.

California has a lot of helpful resources and guideline in place to ensure that your children are protected when in the hands of a childcare facility.


As you begin your search for a good childcare facility, here are few things to consider when visiting one.

  • How is the staff interacting with the children? Are they on the floor playing with the children or are they glued to their phone in a chair?
  • How long has the staff been employed at the facility? Is there a high turnover rate?
  • What are some of the policies at the center and how do they align with your parenting style?
    • What is their philosophy on punishment?
    • How often do the children watch television?
    • What types of snacks are given?
    • How often are naps given?
    • What is their sick-child policy


In addition to asking these questions during your initial visit, it is recommended that you visit the center at different times throughout the day to see how various staff members handle the children and what types of activities are happening during the day. If you’re a little lost on where to begin or want more information about local centers, check out the California Department of Social Services. Here you will be able to search for centers within your area and obtain feedback.

The last and most important thing to keep in mind when looking for a childcare facility, is to always go with your gut. If something about a particular facility doesn’t feel right to you, regardless of how many raving recommendations they have, don’t sign-up and just keep looking. The right child care center for your family is out there, you’ve just got to find it.

 

California’s Open Container Laws

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In California, driving under the influence is not the only illegal alcohol and vehicle act, but it is the most known. It carries the most serious penalties. It is also very much worth knowing other alcohol and driving related laws, especially the “open container” laws for California.

For drivers who are 21 years or older, it is legal to drive a vehicle with an unopened container of alcohol in the car, even if it is in the front seat.

An unopened container must be absolutely sealed, never opened. So, a sealed bottle of wine never uncorked, a sealed bottle of liquor with the cap never twisted off, and an unopened can of beer, are legal to have in the front seat of the car. Any alcoholic beverages that have been opened must be placed in the trunk of the car.

If a driver is caught with a bottle of liquor that has been opened but is currently closed at the time they are pulled over, and they prove they have not been drinking, they are still breaking the law. That opened bottle must be in the trunk. However, the police may let the driver go with a warning, rather than a ticket. It is their call. The best chance for a driver being let off with a warning is for him or her to remain polite and respectful, prove they are indeed sober, and promise not to let it happen again. If the driver is cited, he or she is given an infraction and will have to pay a fine of $250.

For drivers who are younger than 21, consequences are harsher. After all, the legal drinking age is 21. Underage individuals face misdemeanor criminal charges that include a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

The easiest way to make sure you are transporting alcohol legally in your vehicle, is to simply put it in your trunk, even if the alcohol container is sealed. If your trunk is cluttered with clothes and bags, put that extra clutter in your backseat. A police officer is less likely to pull you over if they see a bunch of clothes in the backseat of your vehicle rather than bottles of alcohol.

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