Article Link: http://www.childcareexchange.com/article/a-manner-of-speaking/5017901/The task for late November was exploring child care options for four-month-old Zachary. I listened with great interest as his parents, Amy and Matt, had long discussions about their priorities and needs, their hopes and misgivings. Itâ€™s not an easy time when new parents have to reorganize their lives, with this tiny person at the center of it all â€" and I had both personal and professional investments in the decisions that would be made regarding my grandson.
We talked about family child care and nannies and center care. I shared stories that Amy may have forgotten about my own family child care program, when she was involved in a before- and after-school sort of way. We talked about group care and individual care, comparing benefits and sharing information and feelings.
And then the visits began. Iâ€™ve visited countless programs and talked with hundreds of teachers through the years; but this was different, it was personal. And I was eager to see how this would feel and what I might see in a new way.
We met several teachers and they were our focus:
Maria is comfortable and capable, she is very energetic and loves to talk. A teacher for ...