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Katherine Lewis

Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Daycare Center

By August 14, 2008

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Tomorrow is my little daughters’ last day at the daycare center they’ve attended since 6 months of age. The teachers and directors are truly our family. Many of them have been in our home; we’ve shared family triumphs and crises alike. I guarantee there will be tears shed all around, as we embark on the next stage of our child care journey.

When I was choosing child care, I was 8 months pregnant and almost totally clueless about motherhood. I’d never changed a diaper or burped a baby, much less struggled through toddler temper tantrums or cried in the family room of the neonatal intensive care unit after seeing my newborn covered with wires and sensors.

So it was just dumb luck -- and maybe a touch of intuition -- that landed me at such a warm, nurturing, flexible, stimulating place for our family. I hope that the next school we picked turns out to be half as wonderful. It’s only a few blocks away, which will make it easier to drop in for special events and emergencies, and has a religious curriculum that’s important to us.

But unfortunately, I haven’t yet figured out what to give my daughters’ teachers as a thank you and farewell. If I were crafty I’d whip up one of these 101 Great Gifts to Make. But I’m all thumbs. Any suggestions?

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August 15, 2008 at 9:40 am
(1) mommy_says says:

Good luck — I’ve had to swithc day cares when one closed. The one I went to next turned out not to be a good fit so 3 months later I switched again. I still miss my first place, but where the kids are now is growing on me.

BTW- I never heard of a religious curriculum for day care. Is the curriculum part of a chain of centers or totally unique to this one?

August 24, 2008 at 11:45 am
(2) Katherine says:

It’s not part of a chain, it’s a stand-alone center. I suppose I should say it’s a preschool, since it only takes kids 2 and older. Many of the preschools in our area have a religious curriculum or affiliation, only this is one of the few that provides full-day care. We’re on vacation now, but I’ll let you know how it goes when the girls start after Labor Day. Eek!

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