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Top 10 daycares in San Diego, CA

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ABC Little Hands

ABC Little Hands

New on TrustedCare
9+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Founded in 2022, ABC Little Hands is a licensed daycare based in San Diego, CA, with a mission to nurture and enrich children's growth on all fronts. Offering a bilingual program with Spanish immersion, ABC Little Hands is dedicated to small group interaction, promoting social skills, and providing organic meals. Their unique services extend to providing daycare until 6pm and a monthly parents' night out. With a commitment to providing a fun, safe, and nurturing environment, ABC Little Hands is now enrolling for 2023.
Kimberly Orazi Family Child Care

Kimberly Orazi Family Child Care

New on TrustedCare
20+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Welcome to Kimberly Orazi Family Child Care, where your child’s growth and development is my top priority. Located in the heart of San Diego, CA, my intimate daycare setting ensures personalized attention and a nurturing environment for every child. With a focus on fostering strong social and educational foundations, I provide a safe and engaging space where children can thrive. I am committed to creating a supportive community that feels like a second family. Join me and watch your child flourish in a home-away-from-home atmosphere.
Little Academy

Little Academy

New on TrustedCare
3+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Little Academy, based in San Diego, California, is dedicated to the holistic development of your child. With a focus on vital milestone dimensions including Socio-Emotional, Physical, Language, and Cognitive, they use unique and playful learning methods to foster growth. Trust Little Academy to provide an enriching environment for your child's development.
Bee Kind Family Child Care

Bee Kind Family Child Care

New on TrustedCare
18+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Bee Kind Family Child Care, founded in 2007 and located in Spring Valley, California, is a home-based child care program designed for children aged 3 months to 12 years. They provide a safe and nurturing environment, often referred to as "a home away from home", where children can grow, learn and create wonderful memories. Along with a strong focus on kindergarten readiness, they also offer potty training and the opportunity to learn Spanish. Their goal is to ease the worries of working parents, and provide a place where a kid can truly be a kid.
ABC Family Daycare

ABC Family Daycare

New on TrustedCare
9+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Established in 2015, ABC Family Daycare is located in Chula Vista, California, extending its services to the surrounding areas. With a rich experience of over 20 years, they assure a secure, clean, and affectionate environment for children. Their services include a comprehensive nutrition program, emphasizing a nurturing atmosphere for your child's holistic development.
I.Newton Education Center

I.Newton Education Center

New on TrustedCare
3+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Welcome to I.Newton Education Center, where your child's growth and development are our top priorities. Located in El Cajon, CA, our nurturing daycare environment is designed to foster learning and social skills in young children. With a dedicated team of 8 passionate educators, we provide personalized attention to help your child thrive. At I.Newton Education Center, we believe in creating a safe, engaging, and supportive space that inspires curiosity and a love for learning. Join us and watch your child flourish.
Montessori Explorer

Montessori Explorer

New on TrustedCare
23+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Established in 2002, Montessori Explorer, based in Chula Vista, CA, is a renowned Montessori school serving children ages two to twelve. Founding values surrounded on key element. That is the child. Our whole focus is driven through this most important key element. The child is the center of the value stream, and the school focuses on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development as an individual. This concept drives the teachers to focus on providing one-to-one lessons, following the child and his/her interests, develop character, self-worth, and independence. They offer half- and full-day programs, with extended hours for tho
Soleil Enrichment Academy

Soleil Enrichment Academy

New on TrustedCare
10+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
We believe each child should explore through hands-on interactive play while providing a safe environment, positive social interaction, and expanding the child’s development (cognitive, physical, creative, and emotional). Our curriculum and schedule are guided by the California Infant/Toddler Preschool Foundations to enhance your child’s developmental process. We will promote each child’s self-awareness by respecting others’ feelings, introducing cultural awareness, Bilingualism, and personal hygiene (washing hands/brushing and flossing/toileting). Above all, we believe in modeling positive reinforcement and the Nurturing Support Developmenta
San Diego French American School

San Diego French American School

New on TrustedCare
36+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Bienvenue! San Diego French-American School is an independent, co-educational bilingual school counting approximately 360 students from preschool through 8th grade. Our French immersion program welcomes learners as young as 18 months old. Our Preschool program is incredibly rich and diverse: inspired from pedagogic methods in France, children are immersed in the French Language, they develop their personal and social skills and through play time, improve on their problem-solving or fine motor skills. Art projects encourage their creativity and promote their imagination. One of over fifty French government (AEFE/MEN)-accredited international
Jump Preschool

Jump Preschool

New on TrustedCare
16+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Founded in 2008, Jump Preschool is a curriculum-based preschool located in Spring Valley, California, catering to infants, toddlers, preschool and prek. They offer a research-based curriculum focused on academic learning, including reading, writing, problem-solving, math, science, Spanish, and physical education. With a strong focus on literacy and language, their highly qualified professionals provide an engaging and loving environment. From its humble beginnings with 10 children, Jump Preschool has grown significantly, serving approximately 90 children a year, preparing them fully for primary school.

Your Daycare questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on TrustedCare.

How much does daycare cost?

Daycare costs depend on the child’s age group, the type of daycare, and where you live. Infant daycare is typically the most expensive, ranging from $650 to $1,500 per month. Infant daycare requires higher ratios of caregivers to children, which increases costs. Babies require more individualized attention, including diaper changes, feedings, and naps. As the child ages and becomes more independent, this ratio decreases along with daycare costs.

Traditional daycare centers tend to charge higher rates than home-based family daycare centers or co-ops. However, they usually have lower child-to-caregiver ratios, offer a wider range of amenities and activities, and have stricter qualifications for staff. Church-based, YMCA, or other non-profit child care centers offer lower rates, while home-based daycare is typically the cheapest option due to the low overhead costs.

In urban areas with a higher cost of living, daycare costs tend to be higher to cover the cost of higher rent and teacher salaries. Suburban and rural daycare centers have lower overhead costs, which often translates to more affordable daycare.

Is daycare tax deductible?

No, you cannot directly deduct daycare expenses on your federal tax return. However, if you qualify, there's a tax credit designed to assist with daycare costs, known as the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

The Child and Dependent Care Credit enables you to claim a percentage of your eligible childcare expenses. It ranges from 20% to 35% of allowable expenses, capping at $3,000 for one qualifying child and $6,000 for two or more qualifying children (applicable to the 2023 tax year). Consult a qualified tax professional to confirm if your eligibility.

Can a daycare charge you when they are closed?

Some daycares may charge a reduced fee or no fee at all during certain closures, while others may maintain regular charges. The terms in your daycare contract or agreement should outline whether or not you are charged when they are closed. It's common for daycares to have specific policies regarding fees during closures, such as holidays or other scheduled breaks.

If you're unsure, reach out to the daycare directly to clarify their billing practices during closures.

How do I look up daycare violations?

To look up daycare violations, start by contacting your state’s licensing agency for childcare facilities. You can usually find this information through your state’s Department of Health and Human Services online database.

Another option is to reach out to community resources such as local parenting groups, forums, or social media groups. Other parents may share their experiences or provide information about daycare violations in your area. Finally, consider a visit the daycare center directly and ask for information about any past violations. Daycare centers are often required to make this information accessible to parents.

How do I choose a daycare?

When picking a daycare, trust your instincts and choose a daycare that aligns with your child's needs, your values, and provides a safe and nurturing environment for their development. Follow these additional suggestions to find the best fit for you and your child:

  • Get recommendations from other parents, friends, and pediatricians to start your search.
  • Visit in person to make sure the spaces are clean, safe, and friendly.
  • Ask about caregiver qualifications, such as CPR training, early childhood education background, and experience with children of a similar age.
  • Understand the daycare's approach to early education, discipline, feeding, and soothing methods.
  • Choose a daycare that is licensed and accredited to meet government-set health and safety standards.
  • Check if parents are encouraged to participate in the program and if there are opportunities for parental engagement.
  • Contact current and former clients for feedback on their experiences with the daycare.
  • Consider making unannounced visits to get a true sense of the daycare's daily operations
  • Look for a daycare with a suitable curriculum, flexible schedules, and activities that fit your preferences.
  • Visit the daycare with your child and see how they react to the space, teachers, and other children.
  • Secure a spot on the waiting list as early as possible, especially for sought-after infant programs.

What questions should I ask when evaluating potential daycare centers?

Gather as much information as you can to find the daycare that best fits your family’s needs. Be prepared with a list of questions when visiting daycares, including:

  • Is your daycare licensed and accredited to meet safety standards?
  • Are teachers credentialed and trained in CPR/First Aid?
  • What are the class sizes and student-teacher ratios for each age group?
  • What are the daycare's hours of operation and rates?
  • How does the daycare handle discipline?
  • Will the daycare assist with potty training?
  • How much time do children spend in free-play and outdoors?
  • Are meals and snacks provided by the daycare?
  • How are food allergies handled by the daycare?
  • What enrichment programs and activities are available?

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