Should You Choose Preschool or Child Care? Know the Difference?

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on August 28, 2013. Posted in Choosing child care, Pa childcare

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Did you know, that in the U.S., as high as 90% of day care fees are paid by parents? Child care comes at a cost, so make sure that you are making a worthy investment. Do some research, and make sure your kids are in a healthy and nurturing environment, right where you want them to be. How are parents making sure their children are safe, and in good hands?

With a typical four year old asking as many as 437 questions each and every day, the question is not “Should I get my child day care?” but rather, “How?” Knowing what to look for when choosing a daycare makes a huge difference. One of the first decisions to make is whether to bring your child to a day care center, or select a preschool.

Day Care

There are a lot of options when choosing childcare. Day care providers take many forms, and some larger corporations even offer corporate childcare. If you are lucky enough to have childcare in the workplace, most companies will even reimburse you for these costs. If not, parents can choose from child care centers or private day care. Private day care may or may not require licensing (depending on your state), so make sure to do some research.

Preschool

Day care and preschool were not made equal, and your child has a young, growing mind to nurture. In fact, two year olds learn up to five new words per day, and three year olds have as many as 1,000 trillion connections furiously working in their brains. Why does this matter? Child care centers are not required to provide early childhood education. Some do, and some offer preschool classes right on the premises. Others do not take any formal measures to teach your children.

Read up on day care providers. You love your child, so it is your responsibility to know what you are getting them into. Carefully select from child care centers and preschools, and always keep your child and his or her health and safety in the front of your mind. Read more: hildebrandtlearningcenters.com

Comments (5)

  • March 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm |

    you know, it sure feels like my four year old is asking that many questions, but i like having it in writing and some concrete proof. ;) good enough points. make sure parents know that preschools (or at least the classes) are seasonal, not year round!

  • April 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm |

    you know, it sure feels like my four year old is asking that many questions, but i like having it in writing and some concrete proof. ;) good enough points. make sure parents know that preschools (or at least the classes) are seasonal, not year round!

  • Allan Blair
    May 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm |

    you know, it sure feels like my four year old is asking that many questions, but i like having it in writing and some concrete proof. ;) good enough points. make sure parents know that preschools (or at least the classes) are seasonal, not year round!

  • Dave Hernandez
    June 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm |

    you know, it sure feels like my four year old is asking that many questions, but i like having it in writing and some concrete proof. ;) good enough points. make sure parents know that preschools (or at least the classes) are seasonal, not year round!

  • July 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm |

    you know, it sure feels like my four year old is asking that many questions, but i like having it in writing and some concrete proof. ;) good enough points. make sure parents know that preschools (or at least the classes) are seasonal, not year round!

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