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Having a little trouble researching/finding day care providers in my area. Any thoughts or suggestions on how to go about this? I would prefer a home day care provider but really having a hard time finding them in my area.
elmoali:Google to see if your state has a site for early education and care. nbsp;Many have a searchable database.
elmoali: Another route (that I've had a lot of luck with) is using Craigslist to find places with openings and then researching their licensing, compliance, etc. with the state.
This was the route I went to find DC's for my kids. Just interview and research their licenses.
In CA, the counties were the ones who had the information on their licenses, in regards to whether they had any violations, how long in business, etc.
elmoali:Google to see if your state has a site for early education and care. Many have a searchable database. .
This is how we found DS's DCP. And, along with all licensed providers, you can actually see their inspection reports as well (at least in Maryland).
We asked friends. We put in our name at 3 daycares which were convenient to our work/offices. We toured them all. The one we liked the least told us we could have a spot right then when we toured (meaning they would hold a spot at the appropriate time for us). We told them ok just as an emergency back-up. We liked the other two and particularly one our friends had all bragged on. Our friends still had older kids there and they were able to "vouch" for us with the owner/manager. We found out ony within a month of our due date that we got in at both. We went with our preferred and we've NEVER regretted it. We love it so much we even paid to have 3 kids there for about 10 months (till oldest started Kindegarten). I work from home full-time and still send my non-school age kids to daycare every day all day. My 4 year old is reading already. They speak spanish and sign (language). They have their own social circles of friends. It's amazing. We brag on our daycare to any newly expecting parents... A great daycare is (nearly) priceless.