Vocational and trade schools offer various programs that are a great fit for people who want to get their education quickly and get right to work. This educational path often appeals to parents of young children, because the course of study is so flexible and with so many options. For those students who have children, finding childcare can be hard enough, but finding a facility close to school that can work with their schedule can prove much more difficult. Here we’ll take a look at some childcare facilities and preschools near UEI’s Stockton Campus.
What should I look for from a child care provider?
The most important thing is that you and your child are comfortable with the facility and the care providers themselves. Parents have different preferences when it comes to age groups, educational time vs. free time, whether or not curriculum is faith-based, and whether it’s in someone’s private home or a dedicated facility. In addition to those personal preferences, some other criteria might be whether or not staff are FBI background checked, certified in first aid/CPR, have a medical/TB clearance, whether they have drop-in services or extended hours, and even whether or not they will accept children who are not potty trained. Care providers who are reputable will be happy to disclose all this and more, so be wary of facilities that won’t give you the information you ask for. Childcare can be expensive, and as a student you might be eligible for assistance, so be sure to inquire about whether or not a facility accepts any sort of subsidy or assistance in paying for their services.
Growing Tree Preschool & Daycare
1904 Quail Lakes Dr.
Stockton, CA 95207
Growing Tree Preschool is a facility for 3-5 year olds, and it has been in business since 1982. While the preschool session is from 8:30-11:30 am, the facility is open from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm for childcare, which is great for accommodating parents who work during the day or who are students and need childcare while they are in class. Growing Tree is open year-round, and is located at the Quail Lakes Baptist Church.
Little Learners Preschool
3588 Brookside RD.
Stockton, CA 95219
Little Learners Preschool is a well-liked facility that has been around for close to 20 years under the same leadership. Parents say that after attending Little Learners their children were well-prepared to start Kindergarten and transitioned easily into a regular school setting.
7204 Shoreline Dr.
Stockton, CA 95219
Ace Tots Preschool is a comprehensive childcare facility with year-round programs for children from 18 months – 12 years. The facility has over 36,000 square feet of inside and outside space including classrooms and play areas. They offer breakfast, lunch, and snacks, as well as a sibling discount and subsidized payment plans, which can be really helpful to parents who are also paying for their education.
Little Strivers Family Daycare
415 Cottage Ave
Manteca, CA 95336
Little Strivers is a home-based daycare with rave reviews. Customers say the owner is loving, creative, patient, and engaging with their children. The facility is clean, the children have a good balance of structured and unstructured play time, as well as educational play and are given nutritious meals. Little Strivers has flexible hours, and parents can be updated throughout the day if desired.
Story Time Family Daycare
842 Boulder Ave
Lathrop, CA 95330
Story Time Family Daycare is another home-based childcare facility that has flexible hours (6 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday). The owner provides USDA compliant meals and snacks, is first aid/CPR certified, and it has a large indoor and outdoor play area with separate quiet sleeping room. The children engage in age-appropriate exercises, music circle, storytime, and educational curriculum. Story Time offers drop-in service, sibling discounts, and welcomes subsidized families.
These are just a few of the childcare options near UEI’s Stockton Campus. With so many options, it’s a good idea to check out a few providers and see who might be the best fit for you, your child (or children), your schedule, and your budget.