Take the survey to see 3 daycares that match your preferences, timeline, and what matters most to you. It’s free for parents & takes 5 minutes.Take the 5-minute survey to see 3 daycares that match your preferences & timeline.
Each daycare has its own approach and specialties based on the provider’s expertise. Take the survey to see daycares that match your preferences and work best for you.Each daycare has its own approach & specialties. Take the survey to see 3 good matches for you.
Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.
Background record checked
Government-level CORI, SORI, and fingerprinting
Home inspected for child safety
Thorough assessment by a licensor from the EEC
Health & safety training
Includes annual professional development hours
Young children are a constant surprise! No matter how many years you spend working with kids, you’ll find that every single one of them is so different. This program was born partially out of a desire to spend more quality time getting to know and raising my own 2-year-old daughter. She’s learned so much from her older brothers (ages 9 and 17), and it’s made me realize how much children benefit from being around one another. I wanted to create the best possible environment for her and other children in our neighborhood to grow up in. It’s just an absolute joy getting to know them as people, particularly through their learning processes and the kinds of things they create during our time together.
Kids are encouraged to be creative and curious! At my daycare program, we have a set schedule but the children really bring it to life. At this stage in their development, they can learn a lot just through play and hands-on activities. They’ll have access to a ton of toys, building blocks, puzzles, and arts supplies. Arts and crafts is usually the best part of the day. The children have so much fun experimenting with paint, crayons, and even Play-Doh! It’s always a wonder to see what they create and how they express themselves on the page. We also really like to have different arts projects and activities based on the seasons. The changing leaves outside, for example, are a good way to teach them about plants and growth. It’s also so exciting to watch them form friendships. There’s so much that they can learn from one another, and ideally, this program gives them the space and the comfort to make genuine connections and be themselves around each other.
The overall wellbeing of the children is the most important thing here. In order to make sure that these kids are getting the best possible care, parents and I need to have good rapport and clear lines of communication. A huge part of this teamwork involves open and honest conversations. Here’s an example: friends typically call on me to look after their little ones, which is a responsibility I take very seriously. When I was watching one child in particular, I got the sense that they might need additional assistance. Although it wasn’t an easy conversation to have with my friend, it did result in her child getting the care that was necessary. Families should feel comfortable coming to me with any concerns, or if they need any guidance. Likewise, they should know that if I’m worried about something with regards to their child, they can rely on me to bring it up. Parents will hopefully have some peace of mind with the assurance that we will find solutions together.
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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”~ Maya Angelou
Daycare rates depend on how old your child will be and what your schedule looks like. 5 days / week might get a slight discount, and infant rates are usually more than toddlers’. Finding a spot also depends on age and schedule because each daycare has a limited number of openings for each age range.
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There is 1 home daycare in Vernon Hill. Most care for 6 to 10 children and take both infants and toddlers. All home daycares are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, just like preschool centers.
Get your own recommendations based on your preferences, daily routine, and what matters most to you.
Your family is unique to you, but some of your questions might not be. 😉 Here’s what most parents want to know when starting out.
Hey there, nice to meet you 👋 We’re a new-ish startup that helps new-ish parents find daycare.
We know how hard finding good child care can be - especially for first-time parents. But really good care is what gives you the peace of mind to go back to work and feel confident that your child is getting the stimulation, socialization, and support they need to learn and grow.
So we created NeighborSchools to make this piece of parenthood a whole lot easier. We say “easier” because, let’s be honest, it’s still a big thing to figure out, but working together we can help you find some good options, understand the whole process, and choose a program you’ll feel really good about.
Most first-time parents don’t know exactly what they’re looking for, so we created a simple survey that will ask you questions about your lifestyle, your daily routines, and your preferences for child care. We’ll then share 3 personalized recommendations that we think might be a good fit. We’ll also give you a timeline that maps out when we would suggest you start touring programs, choose a daycare, and pay a deposit to secure a spot. Your timeline is based on when you want to start care - so you set the pace, and you decide when you’ve found the right match.
Nope. Our daycare recommendation service is free for parents. The other half of our business is helping these small-scale daycares with software and services that handle all their administrative tasks, like online contracting, payment processing, and licensing requirements. Before NeighborSchools, services like these were only designed for large corporate child care centers, and part of our mission is to level the playing field for small, independent child care programs. That’s why we picked the name NeighborSchools - we’re all about making child care more personal, more human, and more equitable for the incredible individuals who do this work and care for our children.
Generally, if you’re here, you’re ready. The survey lets us give you 3 recommendations to consider, but it’ll also help you better understand what factors to consider, and what questions to be asking right now. It’s simple things like where you live, your child’s date of birth, when you want to start care, and if you have any preferences around program philosophy or language of instruction. If you’re planning 6+ months ahead, it’s a great way to get started, and if you’re hoping to start daycare in the next 2-4 months, it’s definitely time to get started. Click here to start the survey.
Each program has a limited number of spots for each age range, so we need to know your schedule and child’s age before we can share availability. The survey covers these basics, as well as factors like drop-off and pick-up times to make sure that recommended programs fit your daily routine. Once we know your child’s age and schedule we can share rates and costs as well.
Take the survey and get 3 daycare recommendations that fit your preferences. Takes 5 minutes and it’s 100% free for parents.