Child Care

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The Obvious Summer Camp Option Parents Most Don’t Think About
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Paying in Kindness: What Is a Co-op Preschool?
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Is Your Child’s Preschool Playground Actually Safe?
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How to Stay Off Your Daycare’s “Bad Parents” List
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What To Do if My Child is Too Sick for Daycare or Daycare is Closed?
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Switching Daycares: 7 Tips For a Smooth Transition
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4 Common Myths About Daycare
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Child Care Center vs Home Daycare: Pros & Cons
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7 Gift Ideas for Child Care Provider Appreciation Day
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What High Quality Child Care Looks Like

The Obvious Summer Camp Option Parents Most Don’t Think About

Summer will be here before you know it and if you’re like most parents, you’re probably thinking about the best summer camp for your children. While you still have some time, you shouldn’t wait too long because many camps are already full.

I know what you’re going to say:

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Paying in Kindness: What Is a Co-op Preschool?

By now, you’ve probably heard that the cost of child care and preschool is exorbitant. So much so that according to the Economic Policy Institute’s latest report, “high quality care is out of reach for working families”.

The cost of preschool for a 4 year-old is over $17,000/year in DC (the most expensive in the US) and infant care in a center costs over $22,000/year!

So the question is: would you like to pay less for preschool?

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Is Your Child’s Preschool Playground Actually Safe?

Recent research from the same German behavioral scientists who brought us Männergarten suggests that children are born with an innate fascination for sharp objects, self-destruct buttons, and hazardous nooks and crannies.

OK, it’s a joke!

They probably don’t feel the need to allocate research funding to something that everyone knows is true :)

More seriously though: what can you do about your child’s safety?

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How to Stay Off Your Daycare’s “Bad Parents” List

One of the things parents look for when evaluating a child care provider, whether it’s a child care center, preschool or home daycare, is the discipline policy. After all, we all know that our toddler or preschooler is going to misbehave at some point. So it’s important to know what happens when a child misbehaves at daycare.

I know what you’re thinking:

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What To Do if My Child is Too Sick for Daycare or Daycare is Closed?

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Defense has the best regulated child care program in the country? We heard they are developing a 5-level “daycare sick child warning system” called “DEFCOUGH” based on the “DEFCON” system they developed during the cold war.

It goes something like this:

  • DEFCOUGH 5: All quiet on the health front. Your child is eating normally and you try your best to build up their immune system with a balanced diet.
  • DEFCOUGH 4: Early warning signs encountered, typically a cough or a runny nose. Take preemptive action such as an extra Vitamin C.
  • DEFCOUGH 3: Daycare is no longer an option. Medic! Request a fly-by from a relative, babysitters, or neighbor to care for your child, because they’re too sick for daycare.
  • DEFCOUGH 2: Request for fly-by negative. One or both parents need to request time off work to care for your child.
  • DEFCOUGH 1: Request(s) for time off negative. Crisis imminent!

OK, DEFCOUGH is a joke, but the crisis scenario is all too real for working parents with children in daycare.

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Switching Daycares: 7 Tips For a Smooth Transition

In our recent post about what to expect when starting daycare or preschool, we said that starting daycare is a lot like flying. The first takeoff in particular can be especially stressful before the whole crew (you, your child care provider or preschool teacher, and of course your child) reaches a “cruising altitude” comfort zone.

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4 Common Myths About Daycare

Daycare and preschool, especially universal preschool, is one of those “hot button” issues where there will always be some debate. Does it work? Is it good for children? Who pays? Part of the problem with issues like early childhood education is that we will probably never have enough hard data points to satisfy everyone. Also, studies to measure the impact of early education on children’s adult lives take a really, really long time!

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Child Care Center vs Home Daycare: Pros & Cons

I recently organized a child care seminar for parents and parents-to-be. The goal was to have an open discussion so that parents could bring all of their child care related questions, worries, hopes, and fears to the table. During the seminar, I realized the differences between child care centers and family child care (also referred to as home-based daycare) were unclear for a lot of families. I was also asked which environment was the best, child care center vs home daycare. My answer was simple: no option is intrinsically better than the other.

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7 Gift Ideas for Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Never heard of National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day? Not on our watch! It’s every year, the last Friday before Mother’s Day, so it’s coming up. Consider yourself warned. Do your homework and organize something for your child’s child care provider or preschool teacher.

There are quite a few tongue-in-cheek “appreciation days” out there. Today, for example, is Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you! But you really should take this Friday seriously: Besides family members, your child care provider is probably the single most important person in your child’s life.

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What High Quality Child Care Looks Like

E ntrusting 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?

The short answer is that it’s difficult to say. There is a lot of theory involved, and yes, theory is absolutely important. But when it comes to younger children, the best care comes from the heart, not out of a textbook.

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