Did you know there are currently 217 childcare centers in Marietta, GA?! Looking at all the available options can seem overwhelming, and the internet is full of so much information that it’s hard to determine what is important and what isn’t. Parents often find this period of their child’s care and education to be stressful, as the negative and positive consequences of this decision flow through their minds:
“If my daughter isn’t exposed to another language at age 3, is she on the path to low academic achievement and inability to compete in a globalized economy?”
“Do I ruin my child’s chances of getting into a great public school gifted program or great private school if I don’t send them to the “right” preschool or child care?”
These are just a couple of the many questions and worries parents have expressed to me over the years.
Choosing The Best Child Care in Marietta, GA For Your Child
The good news is that there are some tried and true things parents should consider when selecting a childcare center. You can quickly turn that overwhelming “217 childcare centers in Marietta, GA” into “my top 5 favorites.” Keep in mind these tips when looking for child care center:
- The Director & Teaching Staff: These are the people who have the most contact with your children. They set the tone and curriculum of the childcare center. Set up a meeting with the director and ask to observe a classroom. Find out the director’s vision for the child care center as a whole.
- Accreditations & Certifications: Accreditations and certifications tell you a lot about the child care center and its philosophy. Is the center accredited? If so, which accreditation? Are they accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children? The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Do the teachers have degrees or certificates in early childhood education? How does the child care center approach continuing education for the staff?
- Discipline Policy: Parents should look for a childcare center that models discipline in a way that supports what parents do at home. Ask the director and teachers how behavior such as biting or hitting are addressed. Do the teachers encourage children to work conflicts out themselves? Do they believe in time outs?
- Safety: There is often a trade-off between safety and exploration. Find out how the child care center balances these. How does the center ensure the security of the child? Are the doors passcode protected or require being “buzzed” in? How does the center handle drop off and pickup?
- Philosophy: Are you looking for an environment where children are encouraged to create and “draw outside of the lines?” Or are you looking for a more traditionally academic preschool? Do you want your child to have several hours a day outside playing? Do you want them to have music and language classes within their day?
- Hours: For working parents, early morning drop off and late pickup are essential. Are you looking full day “daycare” hours between 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM? Or are you looking for a traditional preschool schedule with hours such as 8 AM until 2 PM? You can quickly rule out Mother’s Morning Out and similar programs if you need full-day care.
- Communication: Some parents like daily updates on what their child ate or how many times they went to the bathroom, while others are okay with a monthly newsletter and a teacher’s email address if questions arise. Figure out what level of communication you are comfortable with and find a child care center that meets those needs.
If you would like more information about Foundations For The Future Creative Child Care and School near Marietta, GA, or how Foundations meets the criteria listed above, please contact us by email at [email protected], via telephone at 770-429-4799, or on our website. You can also take a visual tour of our facility and even schedule tour with our Admission Director here.
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