Why I Love My Child Care
"My two girls have been in day care since they were babies. Almost all of the head teachers have been there since the center opened in 2000. Being a businesswoman myself, I realize that this is no accident. The center is managed extremely well; they always have more teachers on hand than is required by the state. In my opinion, good management equals happy teachers and children!"
Jen Pereyra; Columbus, New Jersey
"After two weeks with a nanny who questioned everything, from our stroller to the soap we used, I replaced her with a warm, energetic caregiver who took direction well. Lesson learned! The parent and nanny need to feel 100 percent on the same team; otherwise it can't work."
Christine O'Shaughnessey; Oak Park, Illinois
"I'm putting my 14-month-old in a home day care soon. The woman I've found believes in outdoor playtime and is very eco-conscious -- she cooks organic meals for the kids and gardens with them. I'm finding it harder to give my daughter the super-healthy organic meals I dreamed of when I was pregnant, but now she'll at least get a couple a day!"
Aimee Lombard; Bedford, Massachusetts
"I put my son in day care when he was 9 months old. When I visited, I appreciated that the teachers told me about the art projects he would do. Often when I pick him up, I find him cuddling with a teacher. I love that they love my little guy!"
Ashley Gilmore; Downers Grove, Illinois
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.