Choosing childcare for you little one is challenging and often a stressful task. The anxiety of leaving your child with childcare providers, especially for the first time can often be overwhelming. So we’ve found some of the best Childcare Centers in Sacramento for your children and listed some information about each to help make choosing a little simpler.
Childcare Centers in Sacramento
Gymboree Play & Music
Location: 5265 H St., Sacramento
Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Designed by experts, Gymboree’s age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Their programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development.
Little Sunrise Family Child Care
Location: 4988 Perceptive Way, Sacramento
Located in Sacramento, CA, Little Sunrise Family Child Care is a small sized, fully licensed in home child care center and preschool that aims to nurture, educate and help children thrive during their early steps in life. Little Sunrise Childcare is run by a husband and wife team who are devoted to providing kids the best home-away-from-home.
Location: 4401 Gateway Park Blvd., Sacramento
KidsPark Preschool is a flexible program that focuses on preparing your children for entry into Kindergarten. Their curriculum focuses on: knowledge base (letters, numbers, colors, shapes), Art, Daily life skills (time, calendar, weather, personal care), and world awareness. Kids will be kept moving too!
Busy Bee Childhood Development Center
Location: 1618 27 St., Sacramento
Since 1969, Busy Bee’s commitment and focus has been to provide a safe nurturing environment where children learn new skills, gain self-confidence and make new friends… while having fun! The focus at Busy Bee is on instilling a strong foundation of self that a child can draw from throughout their life; to love and respect one another, feel good about who they are, and discover the wonders of the world that they live in.
Jibber-Jabber Fun Care
Location: 4625 Mt. Auburn Ct., Sacramento
Chirsty Larson, Started Jibber-Jabber Fun care in 2008, and has been working in childcare for more than 15 years. Activities include: arts & crafts, storytelling music, cooking, dramatic play, outdoor play, and educational field trips.
Forever Young Childcare Center
Location: 1209 P St., Sacramento
Since 1979, Forever Young has created a learning environment that is non-violent and gender-neutral which respects the diversity of all ethnic and cultural viewpoints. Their basic philosophy can be summarized as respect for each individual child and his or her developmental level. Consequently, they stress choice in activities, independence, exploration and self-sufficiency. Meals, diapers, and wipes are all included in your child’s tuition. In addition, Forever Young provides natural, vegetarian foods with little or no added salt, sugar, preservatives, artificial additives or colorings.
Also, here are some helpful tips on how to handle separation and child anxiety from our blog contributor Ashley Evans (mother of 1 and soon to be 2):
Slow down. Unless it is an emergency, you have time to breathe and calmly talk to your child about what they are experiencing. I notice that the more emotional and frustrated I feel, the more agitated my son becomes, so breathing become key. Slowly talking and gentle movements help to diffuse the situation.
Talk it through. I lower my tone and try to calmly address the specific situation. For example, if my son is feeling lonely or needy for extra attention he will throw his toys. While he needs to learn to vocally express himself while not throwing his toys, it is my responsibility to be in tune with how he is feeling and to help him feel better. I kneel down to his level and ask him why he is frustrated and why he has thrown his toys. I usually follow this question with more questions — how are you feeling? Are you feeling lonely? Why are you feeling lonely? Would you like time to play with mama? He usually responds yes, or tells me why he is upset and we look for a solution.
Show care. A hand on his back or shoulder, a kiss on his head, eye contact — these are all things that demonstrate love and care for what he is experiencing. They help us both connect and discuss the situation calmly.
Find solutions together. Rather than tell my son how I want him to do something or how I want a behavior changed, I try to include him in the decision and boundary setting process. I give him options on how the behavior and feeling can be changed. When we find a solution that works for both of us, we both feel as though our needs are met. Sometimes these solutions and boundaries need to be repeated several times.
Focus on the feeling rather than behavior. I’ve learned that the more attention I give to understanding how he is feeling and what events led to that emotion, the quicker my son is to bounce back because his emotions feel validated. When he feels understood and knows I’m there to help him, he calms down. I noticed that the more I focused on what I didn’t like (biting, hitting, etc.,) and the more attention I gave those things, the worse they became.
Be consistent. Consistency can be difficult. Maybe you’re feeling tired, frustrated, or sad yourself, or maybe you’re just in a hurry. But I’ve seen changes in my son’s emotion-fuelled behaviors based on my consistency. When he knows that his feelings will be understood and talked about lovingly, the behaviors begin to diminish and disappear altogether.
Show love. That’s it: show love. These two words help curb any child-parent separation anxiety my son is experiencing. Stopping, picking him up for another hug, validating his feelings and assuring him that things will be okay and he will feel better through dual decision making show him love and care. It’s what we all need, isn’t it?
After a reassuring hug and kiss, I left my son at daycare and he was fine. He even smiled and waved to me out the window, setting me up for a great day and reducing my parent-child separation anxiety as well!