Christian daycares and preschools can be a great fit for families of all backgrounds, although they are especially well suited to Christian families. Most Christian denominations offer child care specific to their belief systems, such as Catholic daycares
, Baptist daycares
, Methodist daycares
, Presbyterian daycares
, and other Protestant daycares and preschools
. However, it's also possible to find non-denominational Christian preschools that include general spiritual exploration and mainstream Christian values as a foundational part of their instruction.
Some Christian daycares even offer a non-doctrinal environment, where the Bible is not an explicit part of regular classroom activities. These could be a good option for non-religious parents seeking to expose their children to a supportive environment that emphasizes strong morals, spirituality, and a sense of community. Regardless of the particulars of their curriculum, all Christian child care centers and Christian home daycares stress standard early childhood education goals such as socialization and developmentally appropriate skill building.
It is possible to find Christian child care programs ranging from small home-based daycares to large, academically-oriented preschools. Christian preschools are often, though not always, less expensive than comparable secular programs. Some even offer sliding scale tuition programs to help families afford what can be one of the most expensive aspects of raising a child. Whether doctrinal or not, Christian daycare centers will always emphasize strong moral values consistent with the broader lessons of the Bible, while employing educational activities similar to those used in more secular early education programs.
Many children thrive in consistent environments, and parents agreeing with the moral tenets of Christianity can be assured that their children will receive consistent reinforcement of those values. Even non-religious families might enjoy the sense of community that is often present in religious daycares and preschools. Parents looking for Bible teachings to be a part of their child's education should confirm with their child care center whether this is a part of its curriculum, as the frequency of explicit religious instruction can vary between child care and preschool programs.