KinderCare with Love and Fun
*This post is done in partnership with KinderCare
Today I’m talking about a subject that I get asked about all the time, and that is whether or not I have help or if I take kids somewhere during the day. Fortunately for us, we are able to have kids with us throughout the day and we can trade back and forth as needed, but that wasn’t always the case with us, and it is also a challenge for many parents as well. Really early on when we only had Nikola, and both Justin and I were still in school, we actually did need to find an option for Nikola that would give a few hours of time being watched while we both fulfilled our school and work commitments.
However, it wasn’t as simple or easy to find an option that we both liked. Maybe it was that we were so new to being parents, (I’m sure some of you can relate), or that we just weren’t as informed as it seems parents today are able to be, but we did struggle to find an option to care for Nikola at that time. We got through that period, and shortly after I was walking up to the mall in our area when I saw what many of you easily recognize as a KinderCare Building. It had the iconic white paint and red roof, and I was curious about it. We went inside and I was so impressed with everything that I learned. I was only a bit frustrated that we hadn’t found them before when we really needed that.
Later on, I still remember as if it was yesterday, it was time for Nikola to start Kindergarten. I don’t think any parent ever forgets that time when your child leaves from you for the first time. We actually were living in New York City at that time, and again it was a little bit of a challenge to find the right school that we liked. Fortunately we did find a great school, and it was so reassuring that the school itself actually offered a little after-school program. I noticed a huge difference in how much Nikola was learning and how excited he continued to be about going to school.
We were fortunate that we had that great program at the school, but not everyone has those options, and I would often get questions from parents about where I would recommend for childcare or extra learning. Over the years I when I would get those questions, I always remembered that KinderCare building I found early on. At the time when I first found them, I didn’t know they had other locations, but they actually have locations all throughout the US. So if you are reading this now, and you are looking for a good option, let me share a little more about who KinderCare is and what my thoughts are and have been since I first found them all those years ago.
KinderCare first opened its doors in 1969 with their now iconic red-roofed look. The goal was to provide an environment for working families to give their children a rich educational experience and grow. With programs ranging from infant to elementary education, there really is an option that can work for any young child. I really liked that as a parent there are many different options that work with kids of different ages. There are all-day programs for babies and school-age children. At most facilities, they have a dedicated bus that will take kids to their school and pick them up. And most importantly all the educators at each facility are there to fully support the children in an immersive learning environment. Even for parents that don’t need the childcare aspect of the program, there are still strong benefits with their after-school programs to help kids with their homework and stimulate learning with extra learning activities and guidance.
So, if any of you are looking for a good choice for full-time or part-time childcare or even just an engaging after-school program to enroll your kids in, the KinderCare programs could be a great option for you. They have centers in 38 states now, so chances are, there will be a learning center near you.
Sending your kids to school for the first time is never an easy thing for any parent, and if you have work or other commitments that make it difficult, it really is a comfort to know that places like KinderCare are there to help. I’m curious to know if any of you have also tried KinderCare before, what has been your experience?