Choose from Five Options
- $210 for one month of infant care ($700 value)
- $170 for one month of toddler care ($560 value)
- $140 for one month of pre-K2 care ($460 value)
- $130 for one month of pre-K3 care ($440 value)
- $89 for one month of after school care ($280 value)
Daycare: Taking Your Child for the First Time
Starting daycare can be a difficult transition for both parent and child. Here are a few ways to help the whole family prepare.
Do a Dress Rehearsal: If possible, visit the daycare center ahead of time with your child, allowing them to explore the space and build up excitement for their new surroundings.
Establish a Routine: A new addition to your morning can mean everything from earlier wake-up times to new traffic patterns. Assume your new schedule in the days leading up to the big day to ensure that you’re not rushed, which can add unnecessary stress.
Describe the Day: Give your child a rundown of the day’s events so they’ll know what to expect—a small but significant gesture that’ll help them feel in control.
Leave Reminders of Home: To comfort your child in your absence, leave them with a familiar object such as a blanket, toy, or tome of the extended family’s history. Newborns will find particular solace in a shirt or blanket that carries their mother’s scent.
Keep Goodbyes Short and Sweet: Be affectionate, of course, but avoid long and involved declarations of love. At the same time, resist the urge to sneak out the back door, which will only damage the trust between you. Simply making it clear that you will be back—and delivering on that promise at the end of the day—is enough to comfort children’s anxiety.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It: As nervous as a child might be for the first day of daycare, parents are often on the edge of tears. That’s okay. Still, hold it together. Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to read your body language and tone of voice. Put on a happy face and maintain a confident attitude and your child will do the same—soon rushing into the playroom to make friends with every Lego guy.
A Chat with Suncoast Academy I
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Over 35 years of childcare excellence, Extended hours (6:20am - 6:00pm), Physical Education Program, Open most holidays, Bilingual, Dance Classes, 100 Readiness Rating, VPK Provider
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
35 years ago, Chris began working as a part-time teacher at Suncoast Academy. She is now the owner of the center. Although she still spends plenty of time in the classroom teaching the pre-kindergarten class, she says the best part of her job is fostering a love of education in her students.
What do you love most about your job?
Since we believe the first years in life are extremely important in influencing a child’s development, we have built our philosophy around understanding the individual needs of the child. The best part of our job is fostering a love of education in our students.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
rom the moment I walked into the Suncoast, I felt the warm, family air. Our son has had 4 wonderful years there of friendships, fun, and learning with both his teachers and now lifelong friends. We look forward to the same for our 9 month baby girl. ~ Jackie Cahill