8. Lincoln, Nebraska
Quality day care is important both for parental peace of mind, and for the development of your child. A study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that teens who were in high-quality day care when they were young scored higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement and were less likely to report bad behavior. Lincoln made our list for its high number of accredited day care centers per capita, and also scored points for a state law requiring a low 4-to-1 infant-to-day-care-staff ratio.