Accredited Daycares Near Me

AboutĀ Accredited Daycares Near Me
One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for a daycare and preschool can be sorting through the qualifications of caregivers and preschool teachers, and determining whether a child care center or home daycare is able to provide the best possible learning environment for your child. First off, it's important to note that obtaining a child care license (or child care permit) from a state or county does require a minimum standard of training for child care providers, as well as health and safety requirements for the facilities. Child care and preschool accreditation, on the other hand, is a much harder process that holds daycare centers and family child care providers to a higher standard. The details can vary as there are a large number of daycare accreditation programs, but in general, accredited daycares and accredited preschools will have caregivers and teachers trained in specific early childhood education strategies aimed at facilitating social and skill development. Non-accredited child care and preschool programs might be equally good, but will generally require more investigation from parents to make sure that they offer quality early education. The first major child care accreditation program was piloted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1985, but today there are around 20 reputable child care accreditation organizations, including well-known names like the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC, which focuses on accredited in-home daycares) the American Montessori Society (AMS) for Montessori daycares and preschools, or the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). Given the sheer number of options, it can be difficult to determine which daycare accreditation is the best, but the NAEYC is the largest, in addition to being the oldest, so it's a good place to start if you're looking for a nationwide organization that will likely have an accredited daycare or preschool near you. NAFCC is quite large as well, and is a great option if you're looking for an accredited home daycare. There are also several religiously affiliated accreditation programs, and if you like the Montessori philosophy, then AMS is the largest of several affiliated organizations. Finally, it's worth noting that there are early childhood teacher certification programs that mimic the standards of child care and preschool accreditations, but only for individual teachers. One example of this is the certification required by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America for all of its teachers. No matter the details, when you encounter an accredited daycare or preschool, it's always worth asking questions about exactly what that distinction means. The best accreditation organizations are quite transparent about their criteria, and a good child care provider or preschool director should be happy to share what they did to achieve their accreditation!
Recent Reviews for Accredited Daycares
Westwood Playhouse, Great Falls
"This provider has been such a great caregiver to my son and he loves going to her daycare every day." Read More
ABC Montessori Home Care, Ashburn
"Very happy with the daycare. can definitely recommend it to other as I can see overall development in my child." Read More
Frequently Asked Questions
How many daycares and preschools are there in the US?
There are over 200,00 licensed daycare and preschool programs on CareLuLu. In the US, there are over 800,000 child care businesses but most are not licensed.
How much does daycare cost in the US?
The average cost of daycare in the US is $9,649/year. The lowest price is $2,813/year (home daycare in Mississippi) and the most expensive is $23,666/year (child care center in Washington DC).
How many daycares offer infant care in the US?
Based on CareLuLu data, 60% to 70% of daycares offer infant care. This includes licensed home daycares and child care centers.
How many daycares and preschools offer part-time or drop-in care in the US?
Based on CareLuLu data, 40% of daycares offer part-time care or drop-in. This includes home-based and center-based child care and preschool programs.
How many daycares and preschools teach a foreign language in the US?
Based on CareLuLu data, 30% of daycares teach a foreign language. Most common languages include Spanish, French, Arabic, Hindi / Urdu, Korean.
Top Resources Related to Daycares
Child Care During Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Definitive Guide
Is daycare safe? How to find child care during COVID-19? Get answers in this guide.
Is daycare safe right now? Do parents still pay if daycares close? How to find daycare during closures? Here's your guide to child care during coronavirus.
See More
What is an Accredited Daycare or Preschool?
What's the difference between a preschool accreditation and a child care license?
NAEYC? NAFCC? NECPA? How to make sense of it all? What's the difference between a preschool accreditation and a child care license? The two are not the same...
See More
10 Tips for Finding Quality Child Care
Here are 10 tips to help you find affordable and quality child care.
When I needed a daycare and a preschool for my girls, I spent days on Google, phone, and visiting in person. I toured 16 centers before settling for the one that felt right for us. Here are 10 tips to help you find quality child care more easily.
See More
Child Care Center vs. Home-Daycare: Pros & Cons
Which environment is better, a child care center or a home-based daycare? The answer is simple...
During a child care seminar for parents and parents-to-be, I realized the differences between child care centers and home-based daycares were unclear to a lot of families. I was asked which environment was the best, center or home. My answer was simple...
See More
What High Quality Child Care Looks Like
Entrusting your child to someone else is a big deal. So, how do you know if the center is actually good?
Entrusting your child to someone else is a big deal. In fact, is there a bigger deal? So, how do you choose the right people to care for your child? How do you know if a child care center is actually good? How can you tell, when your child is so young?
See More
Preschool Teaching Philosophies in a Nutshell
Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, High-Scope... which preschool teaching philosophy is the best?
Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, High-Scope, Bank Street... Most likely you've never come across such terms, unless of course... you started looking for a preschool! Which preschool teaching philosophy is the best? Find out how they are different.
See More
Preschool Teaching Philosophy: What's the Best Teaching Style for Your Child's Personality?
Find out which teaching philosophy suits your child best (based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).
Some children are more hands on than others, some prefer the abstract world, and some like tangible puzzles to solve. Everyone learns differently. Find out which teaching philosophy suits your child best (based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).
See More
How to Get Your Child to Share Their Day at Preschool
"How was your day?" you ask your preschooler. If you're lucky, you'll get "Good." Here's why...
"How was your day?" you ask your preschooler. If you're lucky, you'll get "Good." "Why doesn't my little one tell me about her day?" you wonder. This is a parenting conundrum that baffles many. There are a few possible reasons...
See More
Find Daycare Cost Near You: Use the Daycare Tuition Calculator
How much does full time daycare near me cost? Is home daycare more affordable than a center?
How much does full time daycare cost? Is home daycare near me more affordable than a center? Use our Daycare Tuition Calculator to find out average daycare tuition rates in your zip code.
See More
How To Get Your Child Care Tax Credit
Here are 10 things you need to know to claim your Child and Dependent Care Credit...
For most families, child care is the highest single household expense. But, there's good news! Uncle Sam is here to help and can offset some of your daycare costs. Here are 10 things you need to know to claim your Child and Dependent Care Credit...
See More