My son attended Round Hill Kids Childcare Center in North Hyde Park, VT from the age of 10 months until he entered kindergarten in 2013. His experience there gave him a lot of the tools he needed to be successful in school (and in life).
My son had a very exciting first day of kindergarten! He was actually ready to go the day before school started! My goal has always been for him to enjoy everything about education and learning—from the many different ways we learn, to embracing new ideas—all while being open minded and respectful. He came from a strong preschool environment that taught a lot of this, and which I attribute as a significant factor in him having the confidence and core competencies to transition to elementary school successfully.
Gabriel started kindergarten at Newport City Elementary yesterday, and this is what he said, "Mommy do you have to come with me? Can you just drop me off? It's ok ... really, I've got this." He actually requested that I NOT stand in line with him to bring him to his teacher.
My family has experienced wonderful care provided by Orleans Family Medical Practice in Orleans, Vermont. Not only do they greet my family by name, but they genuinely care about our well-being. During my son's 1 year check-up, Dr. Bourgeois stated the importance of DHA and how it impacts my child's brain development.
My child's transition to kindergarten was wonderful. He is seven years old and continues to have a remarkable experience at school. I believe this was because I read and sang to him right from the start. Even as he squirmed, I didn't give up and instead got some sensory books that he warmed up to immediately before he was ready to expand his attention to picture books.
I have children four years apart: a boy and then twin girls. They were all ready for kindergarten after being in an alternative school with teacher continuity. When the girls went to full time kindergarten and we were taking the first day photos I had to fake that I was crying. I was so relieved and they were so ready.
I chose to seek child care outside of the home, and chose an Enrichment Center. We appreciated the light enrichment and education aspects which accompanied fun and play. Contact and interaction with other children was also important to us, as it relates to diversity and forming social skills.
My daughter has been in outside care since she was seven months old. When searching for the right place, we considered location, caregivers, and quality of experience. Play and outside time are priorities for our family, and social and emotional development are crucial for young kids.
I knew I wanted a home provider because I feel it's more intimate, homey, and not as structured as a licensed facility. Choosing which home daycare I went with had a lot to do with close proximity to my home, costs, if they accepted subsidy, and the personality of the provider during the interview stage.
First, I looked at providers in my area. Then I looked at the Building Bright Futures website which gives a list of violations from the state. This narrowed my list for people to call. My son has special health needs, so I made sure to see how the providers felt (and what experience they may have had) working with Early Intervention.