Parents have a lot of factors to consider when deciding on the best type of child care for their family. Many families ultimately come down to the decision between childcare centers or in-home family child care. There are pros and cons to in home or center-based child care, and all families have different factors and requirements to help them decide which is best.
Parents often choose child care centers for the social and learning environment. It’s like an early introduction to the classroom, and kids are usually cared for in groups of other kids their same age by a larger staff than in a family child care situation. Some parents consider this a safer situation for their children, in part because child care centers are often made to follow strict rules and regulations.
Family child care is typically operated out of the caregiver’s home. Parents choose family child care for a variety of reasons. It's usually the least expensive form of childcare. It offers a home-like setting, rather than the institutional setting of a center. Family child care programs usually offer a mixed age group with a collection of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, so it's more like a family than a classroom. This diversity can be a great learning environment for kids of all ages. A great family child care provider will become a member of your family, helping raise your child in a loving manner to be kind, courteous, helpful, honest, and respectful.
It’s important for parents to equip themselves with the right questions to ask and to know what research should be done to ensure all bases are covered. When you look for someone who can look you in the eye and show you that they can offer you a great place for your child in a safe and clean environment with happy children, you'll know you've found the right child care service!
Our communities offer both great in-home care as well as center-based care services.