It can be tough to know where to start when you are looking for a high-quality yet affordable daycare in Fort Washington, Maryland — or for that matter, anywhere really. No matter where you live, if you are a parent in need of daycare services, it probably means you are strapped for time. Between raising a family, providing for that family, and maybe getting five minutes of alone time before you pass out at the day’s end, you simply don’t have all day to research every single local daycare center within a five-mile radius of your home.

However, we are still talking about your kids, for crying out loud, and that means you need to carve out some time for a bit of research at one point or another. While you might not have the ability to personally visit each “daycare near me,” as you might have searched with your smartphone, you do have five minutes to spend reading this blog which explains what exactly you should be looking for in a trustworthy and affordable daycare center.

A Quick Review

Truth be told, today’s post is a continuation of our most recent blog, how to find the best infant daycare for your baby. In that post, we discussed how it’s a good idea to create a list of priorities. If you can make the time to be intentional about this decision, keep track of factors like location, budget, and staff-to-child ratio of the Fort Washington daycare you have in mind. We’ll pick up where we left off, because we have plenty to say on the topic, as you can probably imagine!

Before we dive into the meat and potatoes of today’s blog, allow us a couple words about who we are and what we have to offer here at Jaycees Early Learning Center in Fort Washington, Maryland.  

Who We Are

Jaycee’s Early Learning Center, first and foremost, is a licensed and credentialed child care center. We offer an early learning center that focuses on providing physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of our young students. Our mission is to be a local childcare provider to facilitate your child’s ability to learn and explore in a safe, secure, supervised, and clean environment. Additionally, we are members of the following associations:

  • Maryland State Child Care Association
  • Prince George’s County Group Child Care Association
  • National Early Childhood Education Program Accredited #21593
  • Child Development Association

Choosing The Right Daycare Near Me

As an early learning center for children, we at Jaycee’s Early Learning Center believe we have a unique perspective when it comes to what makes a daycare center good or bad. We hope you enjoy our advice and are able to apply it on your search for a quality daycare — whether you live in Maryland or elsewhere!


When deciding on a shortlist of local daycares worth considering, it’s a good idea to not only consider elements like budget, teacher-to-student ratios, and location, but core values as well. It’s something that can easily go overlooked by parents in a hurry, but it’s also a hugely significant factor once you sit down and think over it.

Why? Finding a daycare that aligns with your family’s values regarding education and child-rearing is a great way to help make sure your child is receiving the right kind of child care. For example, Jaycee’s Early Learning Center values providing research-supported curriculum and using teaching methods that are based on interaction models and proven student engagement methods. Simply put, we guarantee your child will have fun while learning at the same time! Instilling a natural joy for learning is key for young children, so we make a priority to foster that love.

Remember, values matter. What values do you want to instill in your children from a young age — a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness? A love for learning through play? Learning how to play with others? We focus on all of those and more at Jaycees Early Learning Center.


When you drop your child off at the daycare for the very first time, it’s a pretty alarming feeling — and it’s completely natural to be nervous and hesitant. It’s your child we are talking about here! Our local daycare’s staff completely understands that the safety of your child is your chief concern. That’s why we are committed to caring for each child like they are one of our own.

But, truth be told, how are you supposed to be able to accurately distinguish daycares that truly prioritize safety and security with those who are only paying lip service to the ideas? For starters, check out the accreditation and licenses of the daycare(s) you consider. If you live in Maryland, find a daycare that has been certified and credentialed by the Maryland State Department of Education (like us!). We’ve also been First Aid and CPR trained, and all our early learning teachers are credentialed at level four! We can’t speak for all other daycares in our area, but all we will say is that we are confident about how we stack up against anyone.

At the end of the day, it’s about the quality of people who are looking after your children. And we recommend to never let your child go to a daycare where the staff makes you feel uneasy in any way. That’s why we’d encourage you to come visit us and get a feel for what our daycare center has to offer. We’d love to speak with you!

Contact us today to learn more about our programs!