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Top 10 daycares in Austin, TX

Parents agree: these Austin daycares are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Schola International

Schola International

5.0(1)
4+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Luisa N. says, "Schola International is a hidden gem. The teachers are like family, they always have the most creative activities for the kids, and they are so good with the transition period when a child first starts going to school there. My daughter is beyond happy at Schola International. Not only is she getting to do numerous activities throughout the day, she is also learning Spanish and French. I highly recommend Schola!" Read more
Grateful Home Child Daycare

Grateful Home Child Daycare

New on TrustedCare
11+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Grateful Home Child Daycare is a reputable home daycare located in Pflugerville, TX, and extends its services to the surrounding areas. The daycare is renowned for providing quality care and education for young children. Its strategic location near Wells Point Park creates an ideal environment for children to grow and learn. Trust Grateful Home Child Daycare for an exceptional early childhood experience.
Nehemiah Christian School

Nehemiah Christian School

New on TrustedCare
12+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Nehemiah Christian School, located in Austin, TX, is a licensed home daycare that provides exceptional child care and engaging play experiences for up to 12 children. Conveniently situated in The Woodlands neighborhood, this establishment ensures a safe and nurturing environment for your child. Please reach out to Nehemiah Christian School to learn more about their services, availability, and pricing.
Wonder Years Infant Center And Preschool

Wonder Years Infant Center And Preschool

New on TrustedCare
18+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Wonder Years Infant Center and Preschool, located in Austin, Texas, is a family-owned, early learning and child care facility established in 2006. We are committed to enriching the early experiences of their young learners through child-initiated, play-based methods. We provide a wide range of programs for infants to school-age children, focusing on self-help, motor skills, and social skills. Our curriculum blends various approaches, including Montessori methods and Frog Street, to ensure a comprehensive learning environment. Nutritious meals, including vegetarian options, are also part of our service.
Prodigy Child Development Center

Prodigy Child Development Center

New on TrustedCare
33+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Prodigy Child Development Center, operating in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas, is a nationally accredited early education program. Their dedicated team offers high-quality childcare and early education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The curriculum is meticulously designed to balance group and individual activities, promoting creativity and exploration. With classrooms featuring child-sized furniture and easily accessible learning materials, Prodigy Child Development Center strives to foster independence, curiosity, and a lifelong love for learning in every child.
Calvary Kids Development Center

Calvary Kids Development Center

New on TrustedCare
9+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Founded in 2015, Calvary Kids Development Center, located in Austin, TX, is a faith-based preschool that focuses on providing children with a comprehensive learning experience. They offer education in language, math, science, social skills, and physical skills, along with outdoor playtime opportunities. They are dedicated to nurturing a small group, with a maximum capacity of 10 children, ensuring personalized attention and care.
Angels On Earth LHDC

Angels On Earth LHDC

New on TrustedCare
33+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Angels On Earth Lhdc, located in Austin, TX, and serving surrounding areas, is a licensed home daycare. They provide quality care and educational experiences for up to 12 children. Conveniently located in South Austin, Angels On Earth Lhdc ensures a nurturing environment where your child's needs are prioritized. They also offer snacks to children under their care. For inquiries about prices and availability, feel free to reach out to Angels On Earth Lhdc.
Trinity Child Development Center

Trinity Child Development Center

New on TrustedCare
60+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Founded in 1964, Trinity Child Development Center is located in Austin, Texas and provides quality, affordable early care and education to an economically and ethnically diverse community. With a focus on fostering self-help skills, independence, and community building, Trinity ensures a safe and positive educational environment for children. The center offers flexible schedules to accommodate parents' needs and maintains small classes with low student-to-teacher ratios. Trinity Child Development Center is dedicated to nurturing future generations and has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of families in their community.
The Nest

The Nest

New on TrustedCare
5+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
The Nest, located in south Austin, is fully licensed home daycare founded in 2019 and renowned for its small and nurturing environment. The program is primarily designed to provide opportunities which help support the young child’s initial transition from home to school. Its indoor and outdoor prepared environments are thoughtfully-designed to support the child’s budding independence as well as their need for exploration. The curriculum is guided by nature-based practices and rooted in the Montessori philosophy with special attention to the unique needs of the young child. For inquiries about prices and availability, contact The Nest directly
Tigerlily Preschool

Tigerlily Preschool

New on TrustedCare
2+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Tigerlily Preschool, located in Austin, Texas, is a fully licensed preschool center providing child care and an early education curriculum for up to 20 children. Catering to the South Austin community and surrounding areas, they are committed to offering high-quality care and education, ensuring a nurturing environment for your children. Please contact Tigerlily Preschool directly for inquiries regarding prices and availability.

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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