16 March 2011
Home Day Care verses Center Based Day Care
Choosing between center-based day care and home-based day care can be a very harrowing experience for a parent. The following evaluation may be helpful in choosing the best fit for your day care needs. Although many parents may choose center-based care, as a parent I prefer home day care in favor of its scheduling, environment, pricing, and amenities.
Home-based day care takes place in a day care provider's home, which results in a more personal homier feel. It offers your child the opportunity to be with a group of children of a variety of ages where older children can be a role model for the younger ones. There are fewer children …show more content…
Center-based day care is higher than that of home-based day care average costs range from $960-$4000; the figure is based on part-time and full-time rates. Due to higher enrollment, center-based care is in a better position to offer part-time care. Home day care providers are at a disadvantage as they are limited to the number of children they can care for there by preferring to take full-time children to part-time children. Most center-based day care will charge an additional fee over and above their base rate for pre-school, or other encore programs they offer it can become quite costly. A possible reason center-based care is higher is that they have a higher overhead. Some examples of this may be huge building rental fees, salaries, equipment, and higher insurance costs.
Home-based day care is overseen by the state of Illinois through DCFS with any home providing care for more than three children including