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Top 10 Daycare Centers in the US

by Linda Becksterhed

Choosing a day care center for your child can be a stressful experience. It is hard to know which day care centers will take the best care of your child when you have to be elsewhere. There are several resources to help parents choose the best day care center in their area, including Great Schools, Child Care Aware and Child Care. The following information about the day care centers is current as of September 2010.

Top of the World Preschool

Top of the World Private Preschool in McKinley, Texas offers day care programs for infants and toddlers, preschool and kindergarten programs for children preparing to enter the school system and a before- and after-school program for school-age children whose parents' work hours run longer than school hours. Top of the World Preschool is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Top of the World Private Preschool 451 Lake Forest Dr. McKinney, Texas 75070 972-529-1466 topoftheworldpreschool.com

Challenger School

Challenger Schools are independent private schools that offer an accelerated learning environment for children from preschool through eighth grade. Challenger School has campuses in California, Utah, Nevada and Idaho. Students that attend or have attended Challenger School preschools consistently score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests when compared to children nationally. The Challenger School day care and preschool program is one of the top-rated programs in America and accepts students as early as age two years, nine months. Challenger Schools Locations in California, Utah, Nevada and Idaho challengerschool.com

Childrens' Creative Learning Centers

Childrens' Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) are all over the country, with heavy concentrations of centers in California and the Northeast. CCLC centers use a "guided discovery" approach to teaching in order to help children learn on their own, rather than being shown how to learn things. Childrens' Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) Locations Nationwide cclc.com

KinderCare Learning Centers

KinderCare Learning Centers are accredited day care and preschool centers that have programs for infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten and school-age children. KinderCare's innovative programs combine activities that encourage cognitive learning and social development in a nurturing environment. KinderCare has even introduced a bilingual Mandarin Immersion program to teach their pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students Mandarin Chinese. KinderCare Learning Centers Locations Nationwide kindercare.com

Knowledge Beginnings Learning Centers

Knowledge Beginnings Learning Centers are nationally recognized for their highly successful "research-based" curriculum and their experienced education team. They offer programs for all ages, including summer camps, before- and after-school programs and enrichment programs for school-age children. Knowledge Beginnings Learning Centers Locations Nationwide 1-888-525-2780 knowledgebeginnings.com

La Petite Academy

La Petite Academy has day care locations all over the country and is one of the most recognizable day care brands in America. La Petite Academy's trademarked Journey Curriculum is nationally accredited and teaches based on the belief that children are natural learners. La Petite Academy is also a part of the Learning Care Group. La Petite Academy Locations Nationwide 877-861-5078 lapetite.com

Tutor Time Child Care and Learning Centers

Tutor Time Child Care and Learning Centers follow the Whole Child Education approach in their nationally accredited day care centers, which teaches children new things through hands-on learning activities. They have day care and preschool programs for children ages six months to five years as well as private kindergarten, before-and after-school programs, enrichment and summer camp programs for school-age kids. Tutor Time centers originated in Florida and are now in several states and four countries. Tutor Time Child Care and Learning Centers Locations Nationwide 1-877-684-1613 tutortime.com

Child Time Learning Centers

Child Time Learning Centers were created by the Gerber Corporation, and there are over 250 locations nationwide. Child Time offers programs for children ages six weeks to 12 years. Child Time Learning Centers Locations Nationwide 1-866-CHILDTIME childtime.com

Kids Klub Child Development Centers

Kids Klub Child Development Centers are the top-rated day care center chain in the Los Angeles area of California. They have locations in Pasadena and Rosemead, California, and they offer programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, after-school and evening and weekend care. Kids Klub Child Development Centers 380 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-795-2501 kidsklubcdc.com

Bright Horizons Child Care Centers

Bright Horizons is a child care solution for many businesses, including hospitals, government agencies and universities. Bright Horizons manages employer- sponsored day care centers internationally, and their centers meet National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. They offer infant, toddler, preschool and school-age programs in several capacities. Bright Horizons Family Solutions 200 Talcott Avenue South Watertown, MA 02472 617-673-8000 brighthorizons.com

About the Author

Linda Becksterhed is a professional writer with a legal and crafting focus. She handled creation and distribution of fan newsletters from 1998 to 2001 and maintains an entertainment blog. She is a paralegal and an accomplished fiber artist, specializing in yarn, spinning fibers and crochet and knit designs.

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