Corporate child care centers are the centers that you see with many locations all over the city. They will have different classrooms for different age groups and they will be licensed. Some centers will be accredited. There are four main questions you should ask when touring a corporate child care center.
How much does it cost per week for each age group? The price normally changes the older the child gets. Don’t discount a corporate child care center just because you think they might cost too much. Ask if they take Missouri State assistance and if they do how much it costs. If you look at more than one location in that brand the price may be different depending on the location of each center.
Is the center accredited? Accreditation means that the center has passed a harder set of guidelines set out by the agency that has accredited the center. There are many national accrediting agencies. Find out which one is accrediting the center you’re looking at and research their standards. Keep in mind: just because one location of that brand is accredited doesn’t mean that all of them are. That is something you will need to ask about at every location.
What kind of food is served? Some centers can be on the federal food program which means that all of their menus have to meet certain nutritional guidelines set by USDA. If they are on the federal food program they will get reimbursed for meals served. The center will have the menu for the week posted for parents to look at. Again just because one center in that band is on the federal food program does not mean that they all are.
What is the routine for the classroom? Depending on the age group the schedule and routine will be different. A baby will be on their own schedule while a two year old will have a more set routine. Corporate centers tend to have a set curriculum that is taught at all their centers. The idea is that no matter which location you walk into they are all run the same.
Corporate child care centers tend to have more structure and run more curriculum. You need to look at the needs of your child to figure out if this is what is best for them. Because these centers are corporately owned they tend to have more access to resources.