It must be hard to have your loving daycare close-this was a basic foundation to support your family life and now you are losing that. That can certainly throw off everything! But remember you did this before so you have the skills to figure this out again. Are you able to spend time visiting new places? I do not think there is one right answer. Rather there are multiple right answers and also some wrong ones for you and your child. And there are a lot of things to consider so obviously after health and safety considerations, the majority of considerations are individual to the needs of you and your child. This is not necessarily a one fit for all. And also not necessarily a perfect place to match everything you want but enough matches that whatever differences exist you may later find were no big deal adjustments. So as you visit, trust your feelings and what you want. Is what you see an environment you want your chid to spend his day in? Does it meet your needs of your working life (nearby, hours and policies). Observe how the staff interacts with the children and you. You will grow in confidence with what you want as you see places you don't want. If you are luckily overwhelmed with choices that are available make a pro and con list for each place and narrow the list and revisit your top choices if you need to. It sounds like you already know what you are looking for- Assuming that "drop off school" does not have a way to deal with a crying child other than peeling him away from you, cross that one off your list. (But ask them first, they may deal with this in a way that you feel comfortable with). And visit the Children's Learning Center again and if still not sure about it, see what else you can find. If it is the best available, you may be surprised at how well you LO does and that the structure provided isn't a negative.
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