Finding good child care for a young toddler or infant can be very nerve wracking and challenging. South Bay has many facilities ranging from at-home day cares to large centers with large classrooms. The important factors to consider are teacher:student ratio, teaching programs, development guidelines, and the actual facilities. The decision making is often based on pricing and availability. While all these are key points, make sure to visit a facility with you child and observe how you child will fit in at this location.
The popular care facilities here are the KinderCare Learning Centers (http://www.kindercare.com/) with multiple locations throughout San Jose and Santa Clara, AppleSeed Montessori (http://www.appleseedmontessori.com/) , Children’s Creative Learning Centers (http://www.cclc.com/), Action Day Primary Plus (http://actiondayprimaryplus.reachlocal.com) and Little Prodigy in Mountain View (http://www.littleprodigypreschool.com/home.html). Each offers children a warm learning environment filled with crafts, reading, and educational activities. They also offer half-day to full-day with varying prices. However, most will have a long wait list, so check with them on a regular basis to make sure your child has a high chance of being accepted. Not all locations will offer lunches so check what will be included in the package you sign up for.
While I admired the teachers and the quality at above schools, I needed a day care quickly and convenient to my work. I enrolled my kids at Caring Hearts (http://www.caringheartschildcare.com/) on 645 Fremont Ave in Sunnyvale and Little Rascals on 494 Bernardo in Sunnyvale . Both provide hot lunch. Both priced at around $800/month for full-day tuition from Monday through Friday. The teachers at both locations were pretty friendly and good with my kids. Both facilities are colorful, spacious, with lots of playground equipment. My kids made many friends here, and I recommend this to all.
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When it comes to child care, you want a trustworthy, reliable facility that will provide good quality care for the money. We scheduled orientations at all of the above facilities, and they were all up to the standards. All the facilities have secure, gated grounds. For toddlers, the teacher:student ratios were small about 5-6 students per teacher. Though some classes at Little Rascal had larger ratios, so check which class your child will most like be assigned. Facilities such as AppleSeed and CCLC offered advanced and innovative courses, though very few open spots. When it came time to make a decision, the wait-list factor and convenient location played a key role. It is important that you check out the sites with your child, and that should help make the best informed decision for solving your child care needs.