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The work of parents in ensuring a positive child care experience does not stop once a selection has been made. Once you have made your decision, become an involved parent. Volunteer at the program when you can. Drop in and visit your child at various times of day. Have a back-up plan in place. Inevitably there will be emergencies at some point during your child care experience. It is wise to plan ahead and have arrangements for care in the event your child care program is closed or your child is sick.

Continue to look for danger signals that can alert you to problems. If you see something that you think is child abuse or neglect, or if you have other concerns about what you see, contact the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education at 1-800-859-0829 or Child Care Referral Central at 1-855-327-5933.

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Services supported by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Additional support for services in the Triangle provided by Durham County Government, Durham's Partnership for Children - a Smart Start Initiative, the Town of Cary, United Way of the Greater Triangle, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.