Friends have told me that the best thing to do when searching for childcare is to start before the kid is even born. While that initially sounded nuts to me, I have been chasing leads for a month now and nothing has panned out. What have your experiences been and what do you recommend?
We were on a waiting list for two years before my son got into the daycare of our choice. When he was an infant I put him in a facility that had great infant care, so-so preschool age care and no waiting list. As soon as he was old enough to need a more stimulating environment, we finally got into a wonderful daycare. The good news is that daycare waiting lists aren't anywhere as bad as the used to be due to higher unemployment. A local non-profit helped me identify a center that met our needs while we were on the waiting list.