The Child Care Choice

Have any advice from your experiences?

A few years ago, a friend told me something that stuck with me when she was trying to line up child care for her baby, who had not yet been born.  When she called a child care she was interested in, they told her, "You should have called before you got pregnant."

What?

That was my first clue that whenever my husband and I were going to need child care, we needed to get on the ball. Several months ago, after announcing my pregnancy, I started asking friends about which child care facilities they recommended or suggested I steer clear of.  They helped me generate a great list of child care facilities around Greenville for me to visit and explore on my own. 

Little did I know, the Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children is a tremendous resource for parents on many fronts, including child care.  They can help you determine what factors are important to you and then find the facilities that fit your needs. 

<a href=http://www.witn.com/sunrise/headlines/83786532.html> Read my story on Choosing Child Care.</a>

I'm not inviting people to get nasty and call out child care facilities they did not like, but do you have any valuable advice for other parents looking for the perfect place for their children to spend their weekdays?

 

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  • by Rebecca Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 28, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Selecting child care is a huge responsibility. I obtained a list of child care settings from the Chamber of Commerce. I called each one, to get a "feel" and details. Then I visited, unannounced, a few of my top choices. That way I knew what the child care facility was really like! I was satisfied with this system.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    I have my youngest in a licenses home daycare. The provider has been in business almost 25 years. My oldest was with her until she started school. I am overly satisfied with her care. My advice would be to check with parents you know to get names of places where the providers have a great reputation. In Greenville, I have heard great things about Children's Campus.
  • by satisfied mom Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    I have my child at Trinity Christian School Daycare in Greenville. I absolutely LOVE it!! Never has she said anything bad about her day at daycare. The teachers all love the kids. It speaks volumes when your child is excited to go to daycare and a little sad when they have to leave at the end of the day. I have recommended Trinity to others and they are just as satisfied.
  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Feb 9, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    I wish you the best in finding a childcare facility that is suitable for you and your new baby. I am so blessed to have a childcare provider who loves my son as if he were her own. She keeps children in her home, is certified and is, in my opinion, the absolute best there is. Everyone may not prefer an in-home daycare as opposed to an actual facility, but for me and my little man, this has been, hands down, the greatest experience! Best of luck to you and Chris!
  • by someone who cares on Feb 9, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    Tammy's Daycare is a great place and her star rating is a one but, don't let that fool you.Tammy has won several awards for exsample she won the Leadership award,Early childhood teacher appreciation award,award of merit. she is a wonderful teacher and loves all children. She is really a great person.She was a gift from God when it comes to taken care of children. We all love and respect her. From: all friends and parents.
  • by MO Location: Wilson Co on Feb 9, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    I made my daycare decisions using http://ncchildcaresearch.dhhs.state.nc.us/search.asp and by touring different facilities. I will have to admit that one of the daycares I had my son in, I had to leave because when he was 6mths old I picked him up and he had a bite mark on his arm and they claimed they had no idea what happened. Either they were not paying attention or did know and didn't want to tell me.
  • by Tammy Location: Winterville. NC on Feb 8, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    The coverage this morning on childcare did not focus on the low pay childcare teachers are paid. The state is pushing the star rating for higher stars and better educated staff..but the pay that childcare workers receive is really low. Sure there are programs to help with the education..but once the degree is received the pay remains the same. The average pay is $8,00 an hour. No wonder there is so much staff turnover in childcare!! These people take care of the most important thing parents have..chilsdren and are one of the lowest paid in North Carolina!!!!
  • by Tammy Location: Bath NC on Feb 8, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    It is hard to find a Daycare, for a child now. First, you don't know who to trust anymore. I have a worked in many daycare before, and i didn't like how they were with the children,if parents were there they were sweet and loving,but when they left they would yell or just not pay the child any mind, so in 2006 i opened my own daycare, where i new the children would be loved and taking care of. Yes there are a lot of daycare, that may have 5 stars rating but,to me a 5 star may not be as good as a 1 star because, I am a 1 star Daycare not that i could not go up in stars I could. I feel my time is best spent with the children and not on all that paper work.I think you, should go and see how they are with children, and ask other parents how the daycare is.It also never hurts to ask parents that no longer have there child in that day care.Remember this is your most important thing in your life. I wish you all the best of luck in your search. May God be with you.
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