Daycare

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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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What is an Accredited Daycare or Preschool?
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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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Is Full-Time Daycare Too Much?
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New Daycare Tuition Calculator on CareLuLu!
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Working Parent Guilt: How Great Child Care Can Help

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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What is an Accredited Daycare or Preschool?

Kids tend to figure out pretty quickly who they can ask for what. If mom says no, ask dad. If dad says no, ask mom. If mom and dad both say no, then ask the grandparents, who will usually say yes under the table! However, figuring out the permission system behind the alphabet soup of child care accreditations, tends to be more complicated.

Who gives what? NAEYC? NAFCC? NECPA? OMG… TL;DR!

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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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Is Full-Time Daycare Too Much?

So, you finally found the perfect daycare center. The teachers are great and your child wakes up every morning happy to go see them! Congratulations, you’ve come a long way!

But there’s one last big question: how much child care is OK? Is full-time daycare a good idea? Should I really be leaving him there all day?

Excellent question!

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New Daycare Tuition Calculator on CareLuLu!

You asked and we delivered! Now you can use our brand new Daycare Tuition Calculator to know the average cost of child care in your area.

Choosing a daycare or preschool can be challenging.  And for most parents, cost is a major deciding factor in selecting a program.

Our new daycare tuition calculator automatically tells you the average weekly tuition rates in your city, or state based on your zip code, your child’s age, and the type of program you’re considering, home daycare or a child care center.

We’ll even suggest a few child care providers and preschools in your area that may be just the right fit!  As parents, we understand the challenges of finding the perfect daycare for your family.  We hope this tool helps you find the right place for your little one!

Working Parent Guilt: How Great Child Care Can Help

Parents return to work after having children for a myriad of reasons. For some, it is out of financial necessity. For others, it’s because they genuinely love their jobs. But no matter the reason, that first day of daycare drop-off is hard on just about every parent. The working parent guilt is very real.

No matter how much a person loves his or her job, and no matter how ill-suited they feel about being a stay-at-home mom or stay-at-home dad, it is heart-breaking to hand the child they love so much off to someone else for 8 to 10 hours a day. It’s hard to miss the many “firsts” that occur over the course of early childhood development, and it is sad to not be the one there, kissing all the booboos and providing all the care.

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