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Help a Mom: Mom-to-be seeking day cares in Wake Forest, north Raleigh

Posted March 13, 2012

A mom-to-be, due in about six months, emailed me the other week, wondering when she needed to start looking for day care for her baby.

Here's what I told her: Now!

In my opinion, writing as a mom whose first child was in day care for five years, it's best to lock in care before your child is born. That way, once your baby is born, you can worry about counting all those little toes and whether you'll ever sleep again, without having to fret over what will happen when you return to work. And, in some cases, you'll need to put your name on a waiting list if you want to eventually secure a spot in a popular center.

Even if you're not able to settle on a day care right away, starting to look for care early on in your pregnancy will give you plenty of time to consider all your options.

I know this mom-to-be would love to hear the experiences of other moms who were in her same boat. She'd also love to get some recommendations for day cares in the north Raleigh and Wake Forest area. (See the box above for links to some resources, including Go Ask Mom's Preschool database).

Please share your experience in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • bethhorton Mar 14, 2012

    Creative Child Learning Center on US 1 has been around for over 23 years and I don't think that I have ever heard a bad report about it. My son went there until he started school and I would recommend it to anyone. Lisa and Terry are great!

  • jlperry2 Mar 14, 2012

    I did not want my child to be left in a swing or activity center most of the day, or be in a place that smells like old diapers thru the whole building . Before you do make your decision, I do recommend that you visit many preschools and ask the parents what they think it.

  • jlperry2 Mar 14, 2012

    Knowledge Beginnings, 10741 Forest Pines Drive, 919-570-3401, is the greatest! My kids love it so much they look forward to “school days” and do not what to leave when it is time to go home. KB is a wonderful learning environment that also is very nurturing to each child. Ms. Susan is the best infant’s teacher! Just by visiting the room you can see she really does care for the babies! When I received my child’s infant folder this year when he moved up to toddlers, Ms. Susan had put dated notes in the picture folder of when he rolled over for the first time, pulled up, took his first step and other mile stones that he reached. That was so special since I had to be at work and was not able to see it. KG really understands that they are caregivers that truly make a big impression on the kids. Before putting my children in KB, I visited a few of the other daycares that were mentioned, unannounced. I saw children just sitting not being interactive with. I did not want

  • wspmom Mar 14, 2012

    I used this site while doing my daycare search and it is very helpful. You can see their ratings, any complaints, etc.

    DEFINITELY good to start looking early- most places have waitlists!
    OH- and just a little piece of advice that I found extremely helpful: I started my baby at daycare the week BEFORE I went back to work! I dropped him off for about 3 hours the first day, and left him a little longer and longer each day. It helped ME get used to the idea of him being at daycare. I used the time to get my house in order and get ready for being back at work. It confirmed that he was safe and happy...AND the best part is the Monday morning that I did go back to work, I did not have to worry about if he was was hard enough just being back at work, and I wasn't a basketcase or tearing up all day! SO, if you can do it, I would highly suggest it.


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  • Twittyfan Mar 14, 2012

    Wake Forest Child Care.. Mrs Tammy is in the baby room and she has been there forever and she will do a great job. Ms Rosa is wonderful and she has been there forever too and she keeps her eyes open and is aware of everything. You need to go to the daycare sight for North Carolina and look up and see the complaints etc to any daycare you choose. Good Luck to you. I have no complaints with this one and I never had one while my child was there..

  • janneholbro Mar 14, 2012

    We love Little Pros Academy Falls of Neuse! While LPAFN of a bit pricy, I find the price well worth the cost when I see how my 3 year old is thriving, learning, and growing. My infant is also thriving and learning so much in her class. We checked out Durant Preschool and I was appalled at the dirtiness of the facility and the dress of the staff.

  • debbiek Mar 14, 2012

    Durant Preschool has been the home of my little girl since she was three months. 5 stars, a ridiculously caring staff (particularly helpful with any working mom "guilt" you self-impose), and affordable! We're really happy there!

  • lisalexander Mar 14, 2012

    I love The Creative Child Learning Center which is located at 14105 Capital Blvd in Wake Forest. I received many high recommendations from others when I was looking for child care. My son has been there since he was 3 months old & now he is almost 6. The staff is awesome!

  • RickiW Mar 14, 2012

    Rhymes & Reasons, actually in Rolesville but very convenient to North Raleigh or Wake Forest is awesome! Intersection of 401 and Burlington Mills Rd. My daughter went there for 3 years, and I have nothing but good things to say. Clean, staff is super nice, and alway felt like she was well cared for there. But yes, you must start the process now! Many day cares have waiting lists!