“With more women than ever in the work force, many of the country’s roughly 11,000 nationally accredited child-care centers are full to capacity,” according to the Wall Street Journal. As a result, some child-care centers don’t accept applications. Instead, they hand parents a wait-list form.
Some centers even let parents sign up on a wait list before conception.
At Bright Horizons, a daycare center in Boston, wait lists are about a year long. Alyssa Soper, the center’s director, told the Wall Street Journal that she gets wait-list requests from families who say “they’re trying or thinking about” having a baby.
It’s clear the system is flawed and needs a major overhaul. But barring that anytime soon, here are 8 few tips for getting your kid into daycare.
Keep in mind that child-care centers and preschools sponsored by employers, religious institutions, schools, or universities typically give priority admission to affiliated families.
Although it may be tempting, there is one tactic that experts advise you not to do: giving bribes. But it doesn’t hurt to be super nice.