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Pets in Child Care

Having a pet in the daycare or preschool classroom can be an educational as well as a fun experience. An animal friend in the classroom can help children learn compassion, responsibility, and many scientific concepts. Here are some guidelines for making this a positive experience.

Questions to Ask

Learn More About the Pet

It is extremely important to research different types of pets to find out what would be the best fit for your classroom. Below are some links to get you started on your research.

Welcoming a Pet

Heath and Safety Issues

These guidelines are not to take the place of your state's or locality's child care regulations and laws. They are just general tips for protecting the health and safety of the children.

© 2004 Joni Levine