How big a role should the neighborhood play in a daycare choice?
September 21, 2011 12:28 PM Subscribe
How do I interpret the crime statistics on a given neighborhood in my city? And is it then appropriate to make a judgment call on whether or not it's safe to put my child in a daycare there using that information?
I'm attending a technical school in January and will be putting my then 16-month old into daycare. I don't drive, so I can't exactly have my pick of any daycare in the city. That said, there are lots along my bus routes. I can choose one close to our home, or close to my school. My preference is that it be close to the school so that I can get there fast if there's a problem. Otherwise, it will take about an hour on the bus to get to her. But the neighborhood isn't as good as the one we live in.
I am NOT concerned about my daughter or myself being the victim of a crime. What I trying to figure out is more the socio-economic status of the area, since I think (mistakenly?) that an area of lower socio-economic status could mean poorer care. Please, please, please correct me if you think this is wrong. The only info I can find, though, are crime stats. So here are the crime stats for the neighborhood for the last 60 days:
B & E: 8
Sexual Assault: 0
Theft from Vehicle:7
Theft of Vehicle: 4
By comparison, my quiet residential area had 3 assaults and 8 thefts from vehicles over the same period.
Do you think this info should have any bearing on my decision? If the neighborhood has a higher crime rate, would there be any correlation to the quality of care my daughter receives at a daycare there?
I'm sure to have more daycare questions over the next few months, but I'm starting with this one. Thanks!
posted by kitcat to Grab Bag (21 answers total)