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I moved to Boquete from the States last Dec. with my husband and now 14-month old daughter. Trying to figure out where to begin researching and choosing a daycare/preschool. Any and all suggestions either for specific facilities I could visit or more general advice would be helpful. TIA. 

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Preschools and kindergartens are not common in Panama, where extended family usually take on the responsibility of caring for children while parents work. Even if you can locate one, so far as I know they are not regulated in any way by the government as to staff-to-children requirements, adequate space, and background checks. In my view, it would risky to place a child there unless you are intimately familiar with the operation and its operators. Probably your best bet if you require child care is an in-home sitter whom you have carefully vetted. Or, if you know other expats with small children, perhaps you can share childcare responsibilities.

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