I want to send out a special thank you to everyone who made the Preschool and Day Care Fair a success at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library last night in Valley Stream. There were 8 programs from Valley Stream, Elmont, and Lynbrook represented plus the Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. I encourage you to visit their site for a list of licensed day cares and more information in Nassau County.
I repeatedly heard how thankful parents were for this event because it brought these programs all under one roof placing them within steps of each other. Remember all of that running around you did when you were searching for a school? Stressful, right?
Last night’s event reminded me of the nervousness I once had when searching for a location to place my son. I’ve been home with the kids now for 9 years. My oldest had a nanny for about six moths before I decided to stay home. My youngest went to an in-home day care steps from my home for socialization only for 2 days each week before beginning nursery school.
I spoke with several parents and they were all extremely nervous about various issues. One dad just moved to the neighborhood, while another man was searching for a place for his niece. Kemi, who is also new to the area currently has a nanny who cares for her son. She came to see what program will work best for her son who has never been cared for by anyone else other than family and his nanny.
Questions I overheard were, should mom stay home; should they choose a full-day, half-day or slow separation program? Should they choose an in-home day care or a center? I did my best to ease the nerves, but honestly last night was just the first step in the process. The next step is how to spot the signs of a good day care and preschool.
Again, thanks to everyone who came, supported, and presented at the event. A big thank you to Mamie Eng and the library for all of their hard work in making the event happen.
What over types of events would you like to see in Valley Stream for infants and preschool ages children?