There are many reasons why some parents and guardians feel disconnected from their community, accompanied by uncertainty about how to change it. For example, loneliness can be an unfortunate result. Community-centric daycares alter the ideas and approaches many parents and guardians may use. The many potential benefits of children attending these centers can be a roadmap for how many other daycares may want to proceed in their own areas while still focusing on safety, care, and interaction.
Encourages Parents to Boost an Existing Support System
One of the benefits of community-centric daycares is that they can help boost the existing support system of parents and guardians. It provides a local network of individuals that parents can turn to when they need advice or someone to vent to, are looking for resources or assistance, and want to ensure their child(ren) feels more supported outside the household. It can benefit parents and guardians who are single or have their partners away for work for extended periods and do not have any family living nearby.
It Helps New Residents Feel More Welcome
Moving to a new area, especially an unfamiliar one, can be overwhelming, even more so when children are in tow, and you want to do what you can to ensure they acclimate as well as possible. Having people you can turn to who are already familiar with the locale can make a substantial positive difference, especially when you need support or assistance. In addition, the community may help suggest local activities to help new families fit in.
Community-centric daycares can help new residents feel more welcome, providing them a safe space to ask questions about the area, get guidance, and receive advice. It also encourages parents and guardians to make new friends, one of the best ways to ease the stress of moving to a new location where you do not yet know anyone else.
Provides an Introduction to Local Businesses
Getting insight about local businesses, especially in an area infiltrated with them, could be helpful for parents and guardians interested in finding safe and reputable places to take their kids. It can make it easier to learn about events, local programs, deals, and more that could benefit families in and near the area.
This introduction is helpful for parents and guardians new to the location and for new parents or those who want to learn more about what their community offers. It is also an excellent opportunity to schedule playdates with other parents interested in going to the same places.
Introduces Parents to Local Resources
In addition to schools, a community-centric daycare is one of the best sources of information parents and guardians can turn to when they want to learn about local resources. This resource can pertain to anything from daycare vouchers to free and/or discounted food. It is also a pressure-free environment where parents and guardians can feel comfortable asking for insight about local resources that may be available to them.
Encourages Knowledge and Diversity
It can be a beautiful thing to learn more about how other people live, especially when it comes to different cultures. Community-centric daycares are welcoming places where children and parents/guardians of all backgrounds can interact, learn about each other’s cultures, and expand their worldviews.
Inspires Children to Embrace a Love of Community
Many children who learn to appreciate their community while young continue to do so as they age. This community appreciation could be beneficial in various ways, including building a supportive social circle, volunteering to give back, and even for professional development in the future. Community-centric daycares allow them to develop and strengthen ties from a young age.
Allows Parents to Be a Part of Their Child’s Daycare Day-To-Day
Many daycares involve parents and guardians dropping off, picking up children, and leaving immediately. However, community-centric daycares typically have events they can attend, allowing them to be more of a part of the day-to-day happenings at the center.
It Helps Community Members Know Who to Look Out For
Community-centric daycares establish an environment where everyone knows who the parents/guardians are, along with their respective children. It makes it easier to identify when someone unfamiliar is trying to interact with a child they have no business interacting with. Stranger danger is, unfortunately, a genuine thing. However, when everyone is looking out for each other, it can help keep kids safe.
With all the benefits community-centric daycares offer, it is no surprise that they are an appealing option for parents and guardians who want to surround their children with care and support and want the same for themselves. Finding this type of center that works best for you and your child’s needs can be hugely beneficial and make a significant positive difference in your daily life.
Sandra Chiu works as Director at LadyBug & Friends Daycare and Preschool.