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Everything you need to know about raising children in Manhattan

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With an eclectic mix of prestigious preschools, diverse options for daycare and universal pre-K programs, the child care scene in Manhattan requires you to consider several things before you can choose the right facility for your child.

There are a few things you need to know:

The types of child care you will find in Manhattan

When looking for the right child care for your kids, it is vital that they are at the right facility.

  • Daycare facilities provide programs with actions, socialization, and learning opportunities for kids from infant to preschool levels.
  • Preschool is designed for kids aged 2-4 years old to prepare them for kindergarten.
  • Pre-Kindergarten programs are suitable for 4-year-old kids.

Manhattan has approximately 1,700 daycares and preschools with the majority of them being daycare programs.

The different programs on offer

Manhattan provides a diverse option of child care programs. Among the most offered are:

  • Play-based
  • Academic
  • Immersion
  • Arts-based
  • Religion
  • Blended
  • Montessori

Your kid will also have a chance to learn multiple languages, including Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, and Russian, depending on your choice of daycare.

Where to begin your search

You can start your search for a good childcare facility close to your home, as most neighborhoods and employment centers in Manhattan have nearby daycares. Some neighborhoods offer more options than others. There are more choices in Washington Heights, East n Central Hale, and Lower East Side compared to areas like Chelsea, Upper East Side, and Greenwich. With most daycares in Manhattan offering full-time care and after-care, you are likely to find one that accommodates your needs as a working parent.

When to start thinking about childcare

In Manhattan, you are advised to start thinking of daycare as soon as you have kids… or perhaps even earlier. With the average daycare in Manhattan having a one-year waitlist for placement of infants with the waitlist going up to two years for over 12-month-old kids, it is vital that you start preparing as early as possible. Starting early will allow you to secure the best childcare in Manhattan.

The going price

One of the biggest factors when selecting child care for most families is the price. Full-time childcare costs an average of $1,300 to $2,500 a month in Manhattan, which is more than double the national average. Unfortunately, financial assistance and scholarships are hard to come by in most Manhattan daycares. You will find yourself paying more if you need services outside the normal working hours and if the child is under two-years-old or not potty-trained. Prestigious schools in high demand will also cost you more than other daycares.

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