SOUNDVIEW - News 12 The Bronx sat down with an expert for tips on how to choose the right day care and ensure children are in safe hands.

The most important task is to make sure the day care is licensed by New York state, says Ana Maria Matos, of the Day Care Council of New York.

Matos also emphasizes finding a program that is clean and takes action to prevent the spread of germs. She encourages parents to ask questions and spend a day observing the program if possible.