Hello! My name is Marcia Reagan and I've been a provider for over twenty years.
DaycareAnswers.com is a compilation of information gathered from
both experience and research to save all daycare providers time. I want your time to be spent enjoying the children.
I can make it easier for you because I've already been there, done that! My first lifelong dream came true 26 years ago when I gave birth to my first child.
Two years later, I was fortunate enough to have a
second child. I knew I wanted to be a mother from the youngest memories
I have. Today I am the mother of two young adults and I couldn't be
prouder of them!
I also knew at an early age that I wanted my career to be in the child care field. I am a licensed provider and take care of twelve to fourteen children every day. It is so exciting to me that I get to care for and teach these children at a time that is so influential in their life.
It's this experience as a successful parent and a successful daycare
provider that I want to share with you. I know what your challenges are most likely going to be. We can work through them together to save you a lot of frustration.
This site is geared to anyone working in the child care industry including childcare providers, preschool teachers and nannies. Whatever you're referred to in your region, is what is included here!
A key piece of advice I can give you is to keep your daycare organized. Keep up with the paperwork and plan your meals, craft projects and activities ahead of time. I can supply you with the proper tools to make this happen.
Being a provider takes a special set of skills. You are expected to be the expert in areas of child rearing that the parents may be struggling with. Get the advice you need here.
I know from experience and from talking with other providers that two major issues of a provider is how to deal with your own kids in daycare and what to do when you're feeling burned out. I can give you advice on both of these problems.
This is my son, Shawn. When I started my business, I couldn't figure out why I struggled so much with his behavior. He was always such a good kid.
Experience taught me what to do and I'd like to share that with you.
Provider Burnout is an article that gives advice and ideas on things you can do when you feel you can't do it anymore.
Networking can be a valuable resource for anyone in the child care field. The problem is that it can be hard to network because you're isolated to your own home. I am the administrator of the largest daycare provider group on Facebook and I invite you to join that group.
I have to say that even though there are frustrating times while I'm caring for the kids, it is a very rewarding career. I love the fact that I have such a strong influence on these little minds and bodies.
The things that I can teach them will stay with them through their entire lives. And to look at the bigger picture, when I influence a child in my daycare, I influence their parents, their siblings and everybody they come in contact with through many years. That's a pretty strong influence I have! I have to make sure I use it right.
I'd like to thank you for letting me join you on your journey of raising children. I welcome any comments, questions and/or feedback you might have from what you read and learn on my website. Please use the Contact Us page for anything you'd like to share.