It’s such a privilege to walk into any of our centers and see happy, engaged children participating in such a wide variety of experiences. At EduKids, we understand that choosing the right childcare program can be a daunting decision. I thought I would share with you some of our reasons for believing so strongly in center-based care.
Center-based care is defined as group care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, with children typically cared for by the same team of teachers and aides in an age-based setting. Licensed by New York State under the Department of Social Services, childcare centers are found in self-contained buildings, schools, churches, and community centers. They are open for hours reflecting the needs of their community and are run either as private businesses or subsidized with federal, state, city or company funds. Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a defining factor in selection of quality child care centers.
Why Center-Based Care?
Commitment. Operating a childcare center is a career. It offers visible and tangible evidence that the director, teachers, aides and support staff are there for the sole benefit of your child. Educators have chosen to work at the center because they are using their degrees to teach and nurture children. Administrators have elected to work there to ensure the program is run professionally, with regard to nutrition, health and safety factors.
Children. Children love to be around other children. Parents, teachers and physicians agree that children grow and flourish in an environment that offers friendship, stimulation, learning experiences and play. Center-based care is rich in language, physical challenges and socialization. Child development is an ongoing process that is the base for everything from room arrangement to routines to selection of songs and materials.
Climate. Childcare centers allow parents to feel control over their decision. They are afforded the opportunity to design their own schedule, sit on decision making boards, offer suggestions and join a group of adults who have made the same childcare decision that they have. There is great comfort and strength in belonging. The climate is supportive, informative and empowering.
Whether your childcare needs are for full-time care, half-day care, preschool, infant programs or before and after school supervision for older children, make decisions after extensive interviews, solid research and joint agreement with all parties involved.
Your child and your family will be well cared for and enjoy a loving, learning experience in a high-quality child care center!
Make learning fun!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director