Boston’s Best Day Care

January 10, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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Choosing a day care for a young child is a very important decision that is made more difficult when the location is in a city like Boston. There are just so many to choose from and each offers different things to parents. Some are based in homes so children get the normalcy of home life on a daily basis. Some have workers that speak other languages. Finding what a child needs is a matter of narrowing the options down to the best and then choosing based on what the place has to offer on top of safety and reliability. Here are a few great options to start with on your search.

Rock & Roll Daycare
535 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 868-1118
www.rockandrolldaycare.com

Rock & Roll Daycare is everything parents want in a day care. Teachers are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as well as hold a Bachelor’s Degree at the minimum. Therefore, parents know their children are in good hands while they participate in everyday activities as well as take a 45-minute music class every day. There are four different music classes and every child from infants to preschoolers participates. Many teachers that care for children at this center have trained at Berklee.

Beacon Hill Nursery School
74 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-0822
www.bhns.net

The classrooms at the Beacon Hill Nursery School are designed for the particular age groups they house. The teachers all have various degrees in teaching, child care and other intellectual fields. There is even a psychiatry consultant in case a child needs one. This is all great, but the big draw is the amazing play spaces available to children who attend BHNS. The backyard features a butterfly garden and outdoor classroom. The front yard has a playground. If the weather is bad, the school has access to a gym so students never go without playtime.

The Bilingual Montessori School of Boston
61 Rockwood St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-3286
www.bilingualmontessori.org

The Boston Montessori School, like many of the best day cares in Boston, uses the Maria Montessori method of teaching kids, giving them the freedom they require to learn. Each member of staff has Early Childhood Education certification, management boasts an array of degrees and the leaders of the school are certified in Montessori teaching. On top of all of this, students are taught French on a daily basis. Of course, the school also encourages a love of arts, drama, education and play.

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Mercantile KinderCare
117 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 248-9775
www.kindercare.com

KinderCare is a renowned organization of learning centers that provide day care for children. The Atlantic Avenue day care has all of the features of other KinderCare learning centers, such as trained staff and safe facilities. However, when it comes to this particular center, it is all about location. It is in the North End, where the food is phenomenal, and behind Faneuil Hall. It puts families at the center of the city so running errands, grabbing some food or having some fun after classes is only a short walk away.

Pine Village Preschool
700 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 638-3265
www.mybilingualpreschool.com

Pine Village is a Spanish immersion preschool that works just like an English language preschool, but with teachers speaking Spanish to the children for roughly 80 percent of the day, according to the school. The idea is that offering a child an additional language gives him or her more opportunities, both socially and professionally, later in life. This preschool also has a summer camp that introduces the students to different Spanish-speaking cultures over the course of the camp via make-believe trips around the world.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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