Financial Assistance for Childcare

There’s no sense beating around the bush: childcare is expensive.

In some ways, the expense of childcare can help you weed out options that are not suitable for your child. For instance, if a nanny charges less than the average rate, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Cheap childcare services can put your child at risk for neglect or abuse because the price is favorable to the parents. Above all else, children should be in protected environments where they can be safe to learn and grow.

Thus, it should be a good thing that childcare costs a reasonable price. It indicates that the business has attracted responsible, educated employees who will care for the children in their classrooms.

However, that doesn’t diminish the fact that childcare can be expensive. Luckily, there are several financial assistance programs that can offset the cost of quality childcare.

  • Dependent Care Account: Some employers offer a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) where you can set aside up to $5,000 to be tax-free.
  • State Funds: The federal government has programs for each state that assist families with childcare for children under the age of 13.
  • Child Tax Credit: While this isn’t direct funds for childcare, you can put your child tax credit refunds towards daycare costs.
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP): This program for the state of Kentucky helps qualifying families get financial assistance for childcare costs.

With one or more of these financial assistance options, quality childcare is affordable for all!

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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3 Benefits of Preschool Programs

Top Daycare Benefits for Infants

We are exceptionally proud to offer children a wonderful early childhood education in our preschool program at Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool. However, that doesn’t mean daycare only has benefits for preschoolers!

In fact, daycare has benefits for every age group.

While it might not seem like daycare can make a difference in infanthood, it does! Here are some top ways daycare can benefit your baby, even before they’re a year old:

Social Interaction

Babies are social creatures! Not only do they enjoy social interaction, but this is also the primary way they learn. Almost every experience a baby has occurs in the context of social interaction, from reading books and playing with toys, to learning how to interact with other babies and adults.

Schedule and Routine

While there is room for flexibility with naps and feeding, our nursery still has designated times for certain activities. This helps babies learn a routine, which helps them sleep and eat better and be happier babies.

Stronger Immune System

While daycare can sometimes get a bad rap about children being sick frequently, this isn’t a bad thing! Babies who are around germs develop strong immune systems faster than peers who do not attend daycare. This pays off in the long run when children go to school. Often, children who were enrolled in daycare before kindergarten have fewer sick days since they have stronger immune systems.

Stability

Instead of piecing together childcare between your significant other, family, and friends, your baby will flourish under the consistency and stability of a daycare environment. Your baby will have no anxiety about who is watching them that day, which makes separation easier for both of you.

 

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Daycare Encourages Independence

Daycare vs. Nanny: Pros and Cons

When you’re looking to go back to work after having a child, you have many different factors to weigh. Here are just a few of them:

Care for Your Child

By far, the most important factor is who will care best for your child. Both daycare teachers and a nanny can be excellent caretakers of your child! However, it’s possible that a nanny could feel isolated and overwhelmed. Some parents feel like they need to check in frequently with their nanny.

On the other hand, daycare teachers often have helpers and they have a director who oversees the business, so they can quickly receive help if a child is in trouble or the teacher needs a break.

Affordability

There’s no point in getting a job if childcare takes your whole paycheck! In almost every instance, a nanny is more expensive than a daycare. This means that you get to provide for your family better by enrolling your child in daycare.

Early Education

While some nannies may be very well educated and could offer your child a good early education, preschool programs at a quality daycare do this far better than a nanny! This is because your child is in a classroom setting with their peers, giving them a head start and an easier transition to kindergarten. If your child is home with a nanny, they miss out on these social and educational experiences.

 

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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How to Help Your Child Adjust to Daycare

Daycare Encourages Parent Involvement

Everyone knows that children need a lot of TLC. Children need engaged, involved parents to establish emotional stability.

Daycare parents are commonly stereotyped as not caring about their children. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, daycare parents are very involved with their child’s life. They also have a greater capacity to enjoy the time they have with their children than a stay-at-home parent.

Kindergarten Involvement

The University of Texas at Austin conducted a study of 1,300 children and their mothers to see if daycare involvement impacted a mother’s involvement in their school later on.

The study found that moms whose children attended daycare were more likely to be involved in their children’s kindergarten. In fact, mothers of children in daycare were more likely to be involved than stay-at-home mothers. Mothers of daycare children were more likely to regularly communicate with teachers, attend open house meetings, and establish friendships with other parents than stay-at-home mothers.

Maximize Your Time

When you’re with your child all day, it’s easy to not maximize the time you spend with them. But when you’ve been apart from your child, it makes the time with them much sweeter. Stay-at-home parents may be quick to turn on a movie because they need a break, but parents with children in daycare are more likely to enjoy quality time with their children. While stay-at-home parents have a greater quantity of time with their children, daycare parents maximize quality time with their children.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Moms Benefit From Daycare, Too!

Daycare Prioritizes Child Development

Do you ever wonder how you’ll get everything done? Work requirements, school deadlines, bills, appointments, grocery shopping, and more quickly stack up higher than the dirty laundry pile. But once one task is completed, it pops up again later like a perpetual game of whack-a-mole.

The shuffle and busyness of life can create a whirlwind environment for your child where they are drawn away from observing life and learning. When life is too busy, children miss out on the activities that springboard them to a successful life, such as reading books, playing outside, doing crafts, and gleaning from a preschool experience.

Life is busy for all of us, so don’t let your schedule get in the way of your child’s development. Quality daycare or preschool allows your child to focus on developing foundational skills while you accomplish your daily tasks. It’s a win-win situation!

A huge benefit of daycare is the hedged and structured daily routine. When your child steps into Children’s Academy, they know their teachers, peers, and routine. This stability allows your child to enjoy and fully embrace learning. Just a few activities in our program include:

  • Storytime
  • Music & movement
  • Attentive talking
  • Arts & crafts
  • Imaginative play
  • Potty training
  • and more!

Our program aims to give your child the best opportunities to develop the educational and social skills that will lead to a happy and successful life.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool are proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Benefits of Consistent Routines

Moms Benefit From Daycare, Too!

While there have been many studies showing that quality preschool programs give children a headstart in their schooling and early friendships, there haven’t been many studies showing the benefits of daycare for parents.

Recently, University of Chicago sociologist Mario Small conducted a national survey of “3,500 mothers in 20 large U.S. cities, a survey of 300 childcare centers in New York City, 67 in-depth interviews with mothers who had enrolled their children in childcare, and 23 case studies and observations of specific childcare centers.”

Small discovered that mothers with children enrolled in childcare had:

  • fewer financial hardship
  • less likely to experience non-clinical depression
  • greater friendships with other parents

Specifically, Small noted that poor mothers with friendships at childcare centers were 40% less likely to be depressed; wealthy mothers were 60% less likely to be depressed.  Mothers of higher income who had friendships through childcare centers reduced their likelihood of material hardship by 40%.

Small even found that “hi and bye” friendships were valuable, as they identified other mothers as being trustworthy since their child was enrolled in the same center.

Additionally, Small found that “enrolling a child in childcare opened up a world of other resources: access to free healthcare through referrals to government-funded health programs that they might not otherwise have known about, help with finding housing and filing taxes, domestic abuse counseling, museum discounts, and referrals to resources like learning disability experts.”

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!