Daycare Vs. Montessori Preschool

Which is the best fit for you and your child?

 Mandala Montessori prides itself on being much more than a day care; it is a preschool and child care establishment that operates on the foundations of the Montessori Philosophy. Many parents may be asking themselves “What is the difference between a daycare and a Montessori preschool?” or “Why should I choose a Montessori preschool over a daycare?" Montessori is emphatically an educational approach, so we've provided the basic answers to those questions below.


There is a common misconception that preschool schedules are generally more restricted than daycare schedules, which harbor appeal by being a place for working parents to drop of their kids before work and pick them up after. While this might be true in some cases, there are a growing number of preschools that operate on a more flexible and expansive schedule, rivaling the convenient hours of a daycare. You can view Mandala Montessori’s yearly calendar, which includes summer sessions, and hourly schedule here.


A daycare may provide a predominately custodial approach to child care, meaning they will supply the basic needs for your children while in attendance. On the other hand, Preschools usually run on some practice of educational child care or academic philosophy. One approach to education is the Montessori approach, which is the governing philosophy at Mandala Montessori. You can learn more about the Montessori Philosophy here.


Another frequent misconception is the elevated expenses involved in admitting a child to a preschool instead of a daycare. This actually depends almost entirely on the individual establishment’s rates. Many preschools can actually cost far less than a daycare while still offering the added value aspects that come with a structured academic experience. Many parents much prefer admitting their child to an affordable preschool for that reason. You can view Mandala Montessori’s rates here.

As with anything, and particularly the well-being of your child, it is best to research the daycare and preschool options near you decide what the best fit is. Previous testimonials and word of mouth reviews can often be the best way to learn more about the benefits of each type of child care, and in particular the quality of the individual establishment.

We encourage you to explore our website, and to contact us with any questions.