Northwood News ♦ February 2019
First in a Series on Local Child Care
Local Child Care Options for Babies, Young Children
By Frances Spiegel
New parents in our area quickly discover that locating child care for young children can be
difficult; it helps to get an early start. Here is an overview of our neighborhood options.
- Nursery Schools. Bordering our neighborhood is the 4 Corners Community Nursery,
which uses space in the Luther Rice Baptist Church on University Blvd. (at Edgewood Avenue and
Hannes Street) and accepts children who are 2 years old as of September 1st.
Silver Spring Day School, which is housed at the Methodist Church at Four Corners, has a
“Rolling 2s” program, accepting children as they turn 2 throughout the fall. The
Gan Montessori, a Chabad-affiliated Jewish nursery school, rents the County recreation center
in North Four Corners Park, which it uses for a primary program for 3- to 6-year-olds. February
is a good time to visit nursery schools and submit applications.
Rita George at her home on Eisner St. with A.J. Espino.
- Family Child Care Providers. Family child care providers, also known as “in-home
daycare providers” are individuals who have been licensed by the State of Maryland to use their
own homes to provide full-time and part-time care to other people’s children. Family
child care providers care for babies, as well as toddlers, and sometimes older children. There
are seven licensed in-home daycare providers in the North Four Corners neighborhood. Local
providers can be found by searching for licensed facilities by zip code at
www.checkCCMD.org. Finding an
in-home provider can be a challenge due to limited advertising. Rita George on Eisner Street
(pictured), who has been providing in-home child care to neighborhood residents for decades, relies
largely on referrals. Rita acknowledges that getting the word out can sometimes be a
challenge. While she is often booked well in advance, she currently still has full-time
spaces available for the fall.
Blanca Castillo on Royalton Terrace has been watching neighborhood children in her in-home daycare
since 2012. Blanca has advertised on Care.com
and www.dcurbanmom.com, but still has
availability for toddlers; her baby slots are full.
- Nannies. Nannies — individuals you employ to watch your children in your own
home — are abundant in our area. Hourly rates vary, but often range from $13 to $20 per hour
for one child, with higher rates for additional children. “Nanny shares” —
arrangements where two or more families share a nanny’s time and split the fee — are
Neighborhood social networks, such as the NFCCA listserv and nextdoor.com, are a good place to request
referrals. There are also nanny listings on
www.dcurbanmom.com. IRS Publication 926 explains the tax and social security obligations for
- Au Pairs. Au pairs are individuals from other countries who provide child care in
exchange for room and board and various other benefits as part of a cultural exchange. Sponsor
agencies match families with au pairs, run background checks, process visa paperwork, and ensure that
program requirements are met. Sponsor agencies usually charge a “program fee” in the
range of $7,000–$8,000; then families are responsible for paying the au pair a weekly stipend.
More information is available on the State Department website:
[Spiegel, who has a one-year-old, lives on Margate Road. This is first in a series of articles on local child care options. The next issue will cover pre-kindergartens in our area.] ■
Part 2: Local Pre-K Options