Where do working professional parents in San Ramon take their little tykes during the day? Choosing daycare or a preschool for your child can be a decision fraught with anxiety and options. Among the criteria when searching for childcare for the little ones is:
Will my child be safe and well cared for while I am at work?
Do I feel comfortable with the person or persons providing the care? Does my child feel comfortable?
Is it cost effective and is it near my place of business or my home?
Daycare for little ones is critically important, and there are many options when it comes to finding the right fit for you and your family. Choosing childcare will require networking, research, and truly defining the needs of you and your child. Here are a few options to consider:
A family member or grandparent. Some families are fortunate to have an adoring grandparent or other family member nearby that is available and eager to take care of your little one(s) while you are at work. This can be ideal for many reasons.
A nanny or someone to provide care for your children in your home. Having someone come to your home to take care of the children can be a solution that is convenient, and less disruptive to the family with regard to transporting the little ones back and forth. There are services that specialize in providing choices for prescreened Nannies, like Care.com.
A private day care. Someone who cares for children in their home. Some prefer this style of care for their children. It is a smaller operation, and may be right for you if your child is uneasy with a lot of activity and noise and people around. If learning is important, verify if there is any curriculum being provided.
A professional child care center or preschool. Some advantages to these centers are that your child will have other children to interact with in a structured environment. Depending on the age of your child, there may ways that your child is prepared for Kindergarten, both in social and learning aspects. Some of these centers may be “curriculum based” and some may be “play based.” Each center can provide further information to help you make the most informed decision. There are some great preschools here in San Ramon. Here are a few of them:
Stepping Stones Learning Center – 2691 Crow Canyon Rd 925.820.8820
Stepping Stones Learning Center provides licensed infant and toddler care, preschool programs and before- and after-school care for children in kindergarten through 5th grade.
La Petit Academy 1001 Market Place 888.258.9051
La Petit offers infant child care, preschool and other programs ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.
Acorn Learning Center 5075 Crow Canyon Road P 925.735.7900
Acorn offers care for children from age 2 to pre-K, and after school care for kids age 5-8
The Child Day School 18868 Bollinger Canyon Road Phone: 925.820.2515
They offer care for children age 12 mos. to 5 years, plus after school care for elementary school age kids.
Diablo Hills Country School 50 Creekside Drive – (925) 831-1210
Diablo Hills provides preschool programs and after school care for elementary school age kids.
Every family will have different needs when it comes to finding care for their children while they are at work. With a bit of research, and defining what your particular needs are, there should be a great match for you and your family right here in San Ramon!