Best Day Care In Tampa Bay

January 2, 2014 8:00 AM

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Trusting your child to a stranger is very stressful for both a parent and a child. To make the transition easier on both parent and child, a visit to the day care facility prior to enrollment would benefit everyone involved. Facilities that allow drop-in visits or viewing portals could help the parent relax and be less stressed about leaving their child at a new day care. Here are some great Tampa Bay day care centers that ensure your child is left in good hands.

Time of Wonder Academy
5130 Eisenhower Blvd. Suite 180
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 886-9500

Time of Wonder Academy arranges the curriculum so that children ages six weeks to five years old will be encouraged to think creatively and explore the world around them. There are also VPK programs, after school and summer day care programs for children up to 12 years of age. Fees and rates are provided by phone, email or in person. Daily status reports are provided to parents so they can keep track of their child’s progress.

Carlton Academy Day School
205 North Brush St.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 489-5485

Carlton Academy Day School offers many unique options for parents who entrust their children to the day school. There is a parent content section that is strictly for parents of children enrolled in the academy. One of the items available is a viewing portal where parents can monitor the activities going on at Carlton Academy Day School. There are other methods that allow parents to feel comfortable leaving their child at the day school, including a long list of resources on the website for parents to check out.

Kiddie City Learning Center
3024 Park Lane
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 796-9493

Kiddie City Learning Center accepts children ages two through five years. The day care is only closed nine days out of the year and welcomes visits to the facility by parents. At the learning center, each child is provided with breakfast, lunch, snack, milk and juice. All activities at Kiddie City Learning Center are based on the various stages of physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development. The VPK program at Kiddie City goes from 9 a.m. until noon. However, Kiddie City Learning Center offers a wrap-around program for the benefits of the parents and the children.

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Kid’s Planet Preschool

A World of Learning
2869  54th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
(727) 521-6931

Kid’s Planet Preschool offers varied learning themes that incorporate science experiments, language development and dramatic play into all of the activities. Many of the activities at Kid’s Planet are hands-on, which means the children have fun and learn at the same time. The tuition at Kid’s Planet includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Parents and guardians are welcome to drop in at any time as long as it is not disruptive to the daily programs of the day.

Community Preschool
1665  25th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 895-2512

Community Preschool is a private, non-profit preschool with over 60 years of child care experience. Parent involvement activities are held at the preschool on the last Wednesday of each month. There is a Parent Exchange Program available at Community Preschool in which parents can recycle clothing, books, toys and other items for the benefit of the children enrolled at the preschool. Newsletters are provided to parents on a monthly basis and all enrolled children are given developmental screenings every six months. A list of helpful sources for parents is provided on the website.

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Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on