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Chicago Daycare

Whether you’re going back to work after your maternity leave or you just want your child to have more socialization with other kids, daycare is a great choice for many families.

 

But how do you start your search? Find Chicago daycare providers that meet the criteria you’re looking for in our School & Daycare Directory, read articles about other parents’ daycare experiences and check out the Discussion Forum to post your childcare questions.

7 ways daycare changed our lives for the better
Truth be told, I’m the last person who wanted to put her child in daycare. When my son was born, we had a full-time nanny. When he was 18 months old, we found ourselves needing a new child care arrang...
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What to look for in a childcare center or daycare
As a parent/guardian your number one goal is to protect and enrich your child. We’re constantly tasked with ways of enhancing that experience, and for those of us with the Internet at our fingertips –...
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Key safety questions to ask your childcare provider
There are so many factors that are important when choosing the right child care provider, but above all else we want our children cared for in a safe environment. Kids in Danger (KID) has pulled toget...
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Discussions

Who has done a nanny share?

I'm trying to put together a helpful guide to parents about how to create a good nanny share arrangement. What are the essentials to consider when talking to potential families you'd share the nanny with? What did your nanny agreement look like? When did you start looking for a family? Please share ...

Summer Day Camp at Catherine Cook

If you are looking for a full day or half day camp for your preschooler or young elementary kid, there are still some spots available at Cook. It's a smaller camp that started last summer. DM if you'd like more info. https://www.catherinecookschool.org/campus-life/summerprograms/daycamps ...

Agencies for after care?

Do any of the nanny/sitter agencies help with finding after care sitters? In short, we need two hours of after care 4 days a week after school/camp. I’m interested in using an agency:   1. to handle taxes    2. in hopes the person will be more reliable than finding a college stud...

Hand foot and mouth experience

What have been your experiences with an infant having hand foot and mouth? Did the adults or other young kids in the family get it? How long were people out of commission? Feels like we keep experiencing plague after plague in our house 😕  Anonymous poster hash: 9aa78...60a ...

Nanny pay when you’re sick

Wondering what other families are doing now- my DH is sick with Covid. So far kids are negative but could change in the next few days. Our nanny would like to stay home of course until 5 day window of our positive tests. Do we pay her the full amount since we are sick? Do we not pay her on the days ...


More Articles related to this topic

What to ask in a nanny interview

There is a lot to consider when hiring a nanny. Interviewing, screening and selecting potential nanny candidates can be a daunting task, but it is an important part of finding a nanny that is a good fit with your family. Try to use open-ended questions that will prompt for informative answers, ...

Where to find childcare in Chicago at the last minute

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a work-at-home mom or dad, or even a full-time working one with regular childcare, with holidays and conference season upon us, we all need extra help from time to time. Here’s a quick list of places in the city that offer last-minute and/or part-time services. ...

7 ways daycare changed our lives for the better

Truth be told, I’m the last person who wanted to put her child in daycare. When my son was born, we had a full-time nanny. When he was 18 months old, we found ourselves needing a new child care arrangement, and my husband suggested daycare so our son would have more socialization and learning activi...

7 questions you've always wanted to ask your babysitter

Chicago-based artist and teacher Angela Oliver has over seven years of experience babysitting kids. Since joining UrbanSitter, an online babysitter-finding service, she’s sat for more than 35 families and has over 20 glowing reviews. Here, Angela answers the most common questions parents have when i...

How I prepare my kids for a new babysitter

Congrats! You’ve hired a new babysitter. You feel like you’ve won the lottery, and you’re already dreaming of future date nights. You’re nervous about walking out the door that first time and leaving the sitter in charge, but you know she’s bright, fun, and more than capable. Your kids might no...

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