How to Find the Right Daycare Center

Choosing a daycare center for your kids can be a nerve-wracking experience. Daycare and preschool can offer valuable experiences for your little one, but only if you choose the right organization. Creative Learning Arts School is dedicated to making the most of early childhood development with art classes, music, language learning, and more, and while we think the Reggio Emilia approach is the best way to work with kids, it may not be for everyone. To help you find the perfect daycare center for your family, try these tips, and contact Creative Learning Arts School today to learn more about all of our child-center programs!

Ask for Recommendations

If you are overwhelmed by all the daycare options available in Bethesda and Potomac, then your first step may be to ask for recommendations. Friends, other parents at your workplace, and even your pediatrician may be able to help you narrow down the list. You can also look for online reviews and testimonials on each daycare’s website, and follow up with any references they offer to hear from real parents about their experience.

Stop By

Setting up an appointment with a potential daycare center may give them time to arrange for extra staff so someone is available to show you around and answer your questions. However, an appointment won’t give you the best, most accurate view of what a normal day is like at any daycare. Stop by unannounced so that you can get an honest look at how each center operates and see how safe and clean the environment is when they don’t have time to prepare in advance.

Ask Questions

One of the most important parts of finding the perfect daycare center is asking questions. There is a lot of information available online today, but you likely won’t be able to research everything you want to know from just your phone or computer. Instead, call or use your drop-in visit as an opportunity to ask about specific policies.

For example, do they offer snacks? How do they discipline misbehaving children? What standards are in place to prevent sick kids from attending daycare and infecting others? You likely have your own list of what you expect from a daycare center, and you should go through it with a member of the staff to make sure you’re on the same page.

Trust Your Gut

One reason why seeing a daycare center for yourself is so important is that it gives you the opportunity to gauge for yourself how comfortable you would be with leaving your child in their care. You may have heard rave reviews from others, but if a specific organization just doesn’t feel right for your family, then move on. You are the best judge of what will offer your child the best possible experience.

Are you ready to start your search? We hope you begin with Creative Learning Arts School! We have three convenient locations in the Bethesda area, and we are dedicated to offering fun, educational, immersive programs for kids. Explore our site today to learn more about our curriculum, and contact a location near you for more information. You can visit our enrollment page when you’re ready to get started. We look forward to meeting you!