You might wonder – where are all those child care centers? Child care centers like to hide in strip malls, public schools, residential areas, and within other business (gyms, for example). You may ask, why does it matter where a school is located?
Child care teachers – centers hire locally, so your child's teacher probably lives somewhere near the school and the kids will be from the same community.
Child care building – the part of town the school is located in will influence the kind of building it has. Older and busier parts of town tend to have smaller playgrounds and parking lots.
Child care cost – if the property value around the school is high, it will affect your tuition fees.
Child care availability – if there is an older population living in a particular area, there are fewer schools and therefore fewer choices for child care.
Child care hours of operation – schools located near businesses tend to have more flexible hours than in residential areas.
5 easy steps to find a child care center in the right location:
1. Go to http://www.usps.com/ and find all the zip codes in your city.
2. Visit http://kidcarescout.com/ and pull up a list of child care centers by the zip codes in your area. Also, while you're there click on the map and check traffic and travel information.
3. Next, visit http://factfinder2.census.gov/ and type in the zip code of the school you are interested in to find the demographics of the area: education level, poverty, housing levels, etc.
4. Next, visit http://www.zillow.com/ and type in the address of the child care you selected and find the property values of the schools and neighborhood.
5. Last, go to http://www.greatschools.org/ and type in the zip code of the school you are interested in to check the ratings of the elementary schools in the area.
Now that you've got a pretty good idea of the schools you are interested in you are ready for next step: deciding who will be your child's new teacher.
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