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AlphaKids Early Learning Centers
Where Learning is more than just the A.B.C.s
357 Greybull Drive, Bear, Delaware 19701

Governor's Square II, 1205 Quintilio Drive, Bear, Delaware 19701

Goddard School
- 614 Pulaski Highway, Bear, DE 19701
- 157 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, DE 1970
- 50 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711

Great New Beginnings
Early childhood learning centers
- 1 Songsmith Drive, Bear, DE 19701
- 14 St. Andrews Road, Bear, DE 19701
- 125 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Middletown, DE 19709

Grow & Learn Child Care and Learning Center
State-of-the-art center offering the very best for your child's
early care and education.

2486 S. DuPont Pkwy, Middletown, Delaware 19709

Jewish Community Center of Delaware
Early Childhood Education
101 Garden Of Eden Rd, Wilmington, Delaware 19803

Love N Hugs Daycare
108 Anglin Dr, Newark, DE 19713

Newark Day Nursery & Children's Center
Providing child care for Preschool and School Age Children
921 Barksdale Rd, Newark, Delaware 19711

Nurses 'n Kids
A specialized family-centered group of health services specifically designed for children who are medically and/or technologically dependent.
904 Churchmans Road, New Castle, Delaware 19720
705 North Street, Milford, Delaware 19963

St. Andrew's Preschool & Childcare
Let kids be kids - For Infants to Pre-K
350 Noxontown Rd, Middletown, DE 19709

St. Michael's School & Nursery
The oldest provider of full time child care in the state since 1908
305 E. 7th St, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Siegel JCC
Preschool, Daycare and Summer Camps
101 Garden of Eden Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

Tender Loving Kare
An early Education School which provides programs for children ages infant through fourteen years.
- 400 North Ramunno Dr, Middletown, DE 19709
- 22 Peoples Plaza, Newark, Delaware 19702
- 649 South Carter Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977

YMCA of Delaware
- Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA: 101 LaGrange Ave, Newark, DE 19701
- Brandywine YMCA: 3 Mount Lebanon Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803
- Central YMCA: 501 W. 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
- Resource Center: 100 W. 10th St, Suite 901, Wilmington, DE 19801
- Walnut Street YMCA: 1000 N. Walnut St, Wilmington, DE 19801
- Western Family YMCA: 2600 Kirkwood Hwy, Newark, DE 19711

Delaware Nannies
Delaware Preschools

Kent County

YMCA of Delaware
- Central Delaware YMCA: 1137 S. State St, Dover, DE 19901


Sussex County

Beach Babies Child Care
Day Care for children from 6 Mo to 12 Years in a learning environment
31169 Learning Lane, Lewes, Delaware 19958

Nurses 'n Kids
705 North Street, Milford, Delaware 19963

YMCA of Delaware
- Sussex Family YMCA: 105 Church St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971


Child Care Advice from the Experts

Should I place my children in a day care center, or hire a nanny?

When deciding on the best child care for your family, write down the pros and cons of each option. Do a little homework, and the better solution for your situation will be clear.

If finances are a primary consideration, day care is usually the way to go for a family with one child. When there are 2 or more children, or a child with special needs, fees for a center or a nanny are comparable. Sometimes two families will "nanny-share" to reduce each family's burden.

How often are your children usually sick? How many days on average are children absent due to illness at the day care you are considering? Visit the school between 5 and 6pm, so you can have the opportunity to chat with other parents.

Think about your back-up plan for school closings, snow days, sick childcare. What will you do if the day care calls you at work at 10am, and reports a fever, requiring you to leave work and take your child home. Do you have family who can pitch in? Does your employer offer this flexibility? Families who employ nannies do not face this issue.

When you hire a nanny, especially if you work with an agency, you should receive a complete portfolio on each applicant. Ask the school if you can review the perspective care givers credentials, including her references from previous employers, and criminal record reports. Did she have a pre-employment physical and drug screening?

What educational training do the caregivers have? Are they first aid and CPR certified?

How far away is the center? If you opt for a day care center, what time will you and the children need to wake up to prepare for the day? If you have a nanny, what time will you need to wake up to prepare for the day? (The kids can awake on their own schedule, and nap on their schedule as well.)

Most importantly, what is your gut telling you? Do you have a 3 year old who needs socialization skills? Do you have infant twins who you'd prefer to not have to bundle up each morning for day care? Do you have school aged children who need a ride to and from private school, as well as care on school closings? Each family is different, and each family's needs are different. As long as your decision is made with your heart, your gut and
your head, you will come to the best decision for your family.

About the Author: Lin Taylor-Pleiman is co-owner of American Domestic Agency, Inc., an agency specializing in the placements of high quality nannies, housekeepers and nanny/ housekeepers. 3519 Silverside Rd. Wilmington DE, 302-478-6340.


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