What to Look for in a DC Baby Care CenterKeep the following things in mind when searching for the best DC daycare.
- Licensing and Accreditation: Baby care centers are required to follow licensing guidelines, but the best centers will also be accredited. This process is done through national accrediting organizations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- Safe and Secure Facility: Ask about sign-in, sign-out, and pick-up policies, as well as tracking throughout the day. Ensure that the center has processes and procedures in place to keep your baby safe and secure.
- Nurturing Caregivers: Observe the caregivers in the infant classrooms — are they engaged with the babies in their care? Do they respond to babies' needs? Make sure they have a positive attitude and seem to enjoy their job.
- Stellar Reviews: Are other parents saying nice things about the DC baby care centers you’re considering? Ask the director to connect you with current and former parents to talk about their experiences, and take a look at online reviews, too.