I don't live in Texas but this website shows some daycares in you area. They are rated 1-5 stars. My advice would be to ask around about what experiences your friends or neighbors have had at different daycares.
* Bright, cheerful setting.
* Children appear happy, comfortable, and relaxed.
* Safe, clean indoor and outdoor areas with adequate space.
* Toys and equipment are safe and age appropriate.
* Various open ended play materials such as puzzles, blocks, dress up props.
* Toys are within children's reach, well organized, and easy for children to clean up.
* Sanitary bathrooms and clean kitchen area.
* Hand washing after toileting and before meals and snacks.
* Separate cribs for infants and separate cots/mats for others.
* Cleaning materials, medicines, and sharp utensils out of reach of children.
* Most importantly the daycare MUST allow you to "drop in" unexpectedly at any time!
What you look for in childcare is someone who will always be there for your child. Changing caregivers is very damaging. You want someone who will hold your child when she cries, listens patiently when she tells her stories, reads her the same books over and over. You need someone who knows that 2 year olds need their mommies, not peers. You need someone who will be available 24/7, as toddlers need to know that they can count on their caregiver. Aha, yes, you need a mommy for your child.
Day care for children under 5 is very damaging. I know that they don't tell people that, but all you have to do is read the tiniest amount of info on the NICHD day care studies, and you will learn that it damages child intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.
That's not a really very nice thing to do to a child.
Especially your own. Cleanliness. bah. When she's sad and lonely after hours and hours and hours without mommy, i'm sure she'll nonetheless be psyched that the place is clean. sheesh.
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