Written by Jennifer Fitzgerald (May 2017)
Choosing Childcare Options in Western North Carolina
It’s not babysitting—it’s early childhood education. For parents in Western North Carolina, it usually boils down to a calculation of cost versus quality.
The first day Tara Ducker dropped her two-and-half-year-old daughter, Emory, off at her child care center was one she will never forget.
“The first day was rough for me, but not bad for Emory,” says Ducker. “She was excited to play with new toys and her new teacher was very sweet about easing her into the class. I was very nervous about leaving her with people that I didn’t know. Up until that point, she had been with only her parents, immediate family, or her babysitter, who we knew very well.”
Parents across Western North Carolina are sure to share Ducker’s feelings. Selecting a child care provider is perhaps one of the most important decisions a parent will make for their child. Gone are the days when a child care center may have been just a babysitter. Today’s centers are closely regulated and licensed, and they all have—should have—trained and educated staff.
Ed. Note: Immediately following this childcare report, there is a comprehensive list of all the childcare facilities – standalone centers, those located in churches, private homes – in Western North Carolina, by county/city, and with their license status.
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