Your Childcare Providers New Year's Resolution? To Quit.......

Every year you make New Year’s resolutions. What you may not consider is that your childcare provider does too, and sometimes her New Year’s resolutions are all about getting herself into a position to quit working for you. Here are the top 10 reasons providers terminate families from their childcare and how to avoid being dropped like a hot rock....more

Choosing your Chicago daycare

One of the most important decisions for any working parent is where to entrust the care of their child when they need to work or get things done without the little ones in tow.Here are a few things to look for when selecting good Chicago daycare for your child:Communication...more

Preparing your child (3-5) for daycare

This is a continuation of the earlier post on how to prepare your infant for daycare. Whatever age your child is when they are going to begin daycare or preschool, you will want to ease the transition from being with you in the home full-time, to successfully continuing the learning and growing process away from you at daycare or preschool. For this process, a little preparation can go a long way....more

Preparing your infant (0-2) for daycare

Some Chicago parents will put their infant into daycare at a few months old, some will wait until their children are ready for preschool. The age at which you put your child into daycare can vary, but no matter what age your child is when you turn over the reins to daycare or preschool, your child’s degree of readiness can make a big difference on how successful the transition and experience is for them (and you!)....more

Pet Peeve: Daycare Upselling

I love our son’s daycare, I really do. He goes two days a week and his teacher is fantastic. She’s the exact right mix of super sweet and on top of things. I’m incredibly impressed how she somehow manages to have her entire class adore her AND keeps a group of 2 year olds under control. I actually feel like Jack learns something new every single day that he attends, which is great!...more
JoulesDellinger I think at a certain price point that may be true, and yours does seem to be ...more

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Believe in Publicly Funded and Regulated Daycare

In response to the commenters on this article in the Toronto Star—and every article ever—about the need for safe, affordable childcare for working families. ...more
laughingmom This is exactally my point. Perhaps those in the US think differently about the way ...more

How To Be The Best Daycare Parent Ever

In the business, we call them the "Golden Parents" and the "Parents You Want".  Because as any Home Daycare Provider will tell you --we've all had many experiences with the type of parent that isn't so shiny.  Don't believe me?  Just check out the comment section on What Not To Do When Dropping Your Child Off At Dayc...more

Daycare Director Deserves a "Time Out"

 So, yesterday’s daycare pick-up was basically a disaster. ...more
That daycare director sounds terrible! I don't blame you for pulling your daughter out of there.more

Why Not???

We have a very good friend back in the States, a young man in his early twenties. He’s been babysitting Lily when she wasn’t even 2 years old so we could have an adult date out before baby no. two had her big day. Whenever we came visit, he spent time with Lily, playing with her and watching her shows with her. Last year when we were back for a visit, he even took care of both girls all day long while we were out on a group date....more