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Best Day Care In Charlotte

January 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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A huge concern for parents is placing their kids in a day care that will help nurture their path to becoming a healthy kid. With so many options to choose from, picking one child care solution can be overwhelming. Refer to this list for a few great standouts in Charlotte.

Shining Stars Academy
910 E. Arrowood Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 553-2100
www.shiningstaracademy.com

Privately owned by Mayra and Vic Cintron de Shahid, Shining Stars Academy was started in 2005 after the couple felt they could bring more quality care to the Charlotte area. Their first location was on Arrowood and then their second location was opened in the Ballantyne area after their services became highly requested. With the owner’s extensive background in child care and the requirement that all employees have similar experience, children here are exposed to a well-rounded, safe and loving atmosphere.

Park Road Baptist Child Development Center
3900 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-8693
www.parkroadbaptistcdc.org

As a perfect example of the church-based day cares that are a common site in Charlotte, Park Road Baptist Child Development Center provides comprehensive care to children ages three months to 11 years old. Started by the church’s ministry in 1970 to help the community’s working parents, Park Road Baptist CDC is convenient to the south end of Charlotte and carries a hard-trusted reputation of quality early childhood and after-school care throughout Charlotte. According to its website, the educator evaluates each child’s learning style and designs a curriculum according to the child’s own style. With services including learning Spanish to learning gymnastics, the child center also provides age-appropriate and sectioned-off play areas and a secured access system for the children’s safety.

Pal-A-Roo’s Child Development Center
9215 Mallard Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 548-8076
www.palaroos.com

Family-owned Pal-A-Roo’s is an inviting, playful child care development center that holds a serious and professional tone when caring for the educational, vocational and development of the children. The center provides a safe and fun program to help nurture the growth of Pal-A-Roo’s children using patient and empathizing methods for the younger tikes. For school-age explorers, Pal-A-Roo’s uses the proven successful Addison-Westley Active Learning Series, which is a subject immersion program. The school also has a specific program to ensure preschool children are adequately prepared for Kindergarten. If you are looking for a more educational approach for your early childhood needs, Pal-A-Roo’s Child Development Center is surely a top candidate to consider.

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Mary Spray Center For Children
2101 Belvedere Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28295
(704) 334-7438
www.kilgoumc.com

A five star-rated center for early ages, Mary Spray Center for Children is another day care provided by a local church for the community’s working parents. The cozy center also provides a summer camp setting for children just starting school to age 12. Nestled in Plaza-Midwood, one of Charlotte’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, the child care center is surrounded by eye-catching, century-old trees and fun community activities presenting the feel of true American life. According to the website, Mary Spray Center for Children enriches and nourishes its tiny passions of youth in a “loving and caring Christian environment.”

Cranfield Academy Developmental Child Care and Preschool
11330 Carmel Commons Boulevard and 11745 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 341-2233
www.cranfieldacademy.com

Owned by local Charlotte professionals Todd and Laura Pace, Cranfield Academy is a prestigious, high-end center established in 2000 with a second location in 2010, both five star-rated child development centers. This child care center focuses on the daily care of children ages infant to 12 years old, however parents also enjoy convenient perks like free fresh-brewed Starbucks coffee every morning, dry cleaning and free fruit for the car ride home for parent and child. The curriculum consists of a program that is particular to the child’s learning style and focuses on the needs where the child inquisitively processes information. And don’t worry, the children enjoy hours of outside explore time, too.

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