8 Reasons to Find Child Care Close to Work

Working mom dropping daughter at daycare near work

Are you weighing your options for high-quality child care, trying to figure out whether you should choose a center close to home…or right by the office? Take a look at why a reliable child care center near work can be a game-changer.

It simplifies your commute. When heading to the same town for child care and work, you won’t need to get off the highway at that exit that always has traffic…or take the long way to the office, simply because the center is on the way.

It makes drop-off easier. You’ll already be close to your office when it’s time for drop-off, so most days, you won’t need to rush it.

It gives you a more gradual transition. If you’re returning to work post-leave, spending time away from your little one can be difficult. A child care center near your office can help ease the transition.  

It gives you the opportunity to drop in during the day. Whether you have an infant or a preschooler, a nearby center makes it easier to stop by — to feed your baby, take your preschooler to lunch, read a book to the class, or just say hi.

It makes it easier to attend classroom events. When you’re close by, you’ll be more likely to be able to sign up to be the class Mystery Reader or make it to your child’s classroom birthday celebration. If you can’t stay for the full event, you’ll have the opportunity to stop in even if it’s just for a few minutes. 

It simplifies sick days. When you get the dreaded “they aren’t feeling well” call, pick-up will be much easier than if the child care center were across town…or even further away.

It gives you the chance to get to know your colleagues. With a child care center close to your office, there are probably other employees who bring their children there, too. This is a great way to get to know people who work for your company and might be in another department that you likely wouldn’t have met otherwise.

It helps you avoid a stressful pick-up. On days when you have to work a little bit later, traffic is horrendous, or the weather is posing a challenge, you’ll have peace of mind knowing it’ll only take you a few minutes to get to the center for pick-up.

Choosing a child care center close to work can make life easier for everyone. Take a look at your options, weigh the pros and cons, and make a decision that works for your whole family. 

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In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
Working mom dropping daughter at daycare near work