Daycare vs. Preschool

Your kids are your world, and the time has come to start considering options for childcare, which begs the question—what should you consider when deciding who will be taking care of your child?

Aside from hiring a private Nanny, which can be costly and difficult to find the “right fit” for your family, there are two popular options—daycare and preschool. Check out this quick infographic that gives a quick overview of the main differences between daycare and preschool:

daycare vs preschool

From the image above, you can clearly see that all childcare options are not created equal; furthermore, every family has different wants and needs that they desire from their childcare provider.

What goals do you have for your child as they navigate through this crucial stage in life?

Daycare is a traditional option when the main goal is schedule convenience and safety.  A word to the wise: never assume that a licensed daycare meets your personal standards for your children.  Instead, always take a tour and reference reliable sources like Indiana Paths to Quality to ensure the program exceeds state safety standards.  Many daycares meet basic standards, but lack in the nurture, safety, and academics that are paramount for developing babies and young children.

Preschool is a great way for children to get a head start on their academic future because it engages them in a learning environment at an early age.  Many preschools incorporate academic structure into their program, but few provide developmental care for children as young as 6 weeks old or offer convenient hours for working parents.

At ABC’s and 123’s, we’re able to do both.  We know that learning starts at birth and that nurture and mental development go hand in hand.  We carefully chose our curriculum and keep parents informed on learning topics via monthly newsletters and our website — this helps put parent’s minds at ease knowing that their child is not only being cared for in a safe, nurturing environment, but is also laying a great foundation for future academic success.

Knowing what you want from your childcare provider is the inevitable first step in obtaining it.  There are very real differences between daycare and preschool.  ABC’s and 123’s prides itself on the ability to stand above the competition in both child care and academic development.

Daycare?  Preschool?  Why not get the best of both?

Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities and gain an understanding on just how serious we are about assisting in your child’s development.