Choosing Child Care
We asked Vince DiCaro, NFI staff member and father of seven-month-old Vinny, to tell us how he made this important decision. Here are his four factors to consider when choosing child care:
Good People. I wanted to make sure my son was surrounded by caring, intelligent people. The day care we chose had a perfect balance of professionalism and warmth.
Stimulating Environment. I wanted to make sure my son was in a clean, safe, and stimulating environment where he would be comfortable and could start to learn. The day care we chose is a bright, fun space that just looks like the kind of place where little minds can develop.
It also has National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) certification, so we knew we weren’t just imagining things.
Location. Finally, the location was important. We wanted to make sure that at least one of us worked with a few minutes drive of our son’s day care.
Since my wife is on audits all over the region, and I am in the same office 90% of the time, we chose a day care that was close to me. This gives me the opportunity to drop in at lunch time every now and then to see how he is doing, and also allows me to pick him up if he gets sick.
Cost. Cost was certainly a huge consideration for us, but it turned out that all four of the day cares we looked at were roughly the same cost. Therefore, the factors I mentioned above were the ones that really helped me make up my mind.