It has been said that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important, where the foundation for future health, happiness, leadership, intellectual and physical achievement, family and community involvement is shaped. Early experiences lay the groundwork for organizational development and functioning throughout life. Children learn faster in the early years than any other time in life. This is fascinating and terrifying at the same time. As a mother, how do I figure out how to provide the best education, most nutritious food, effective discipline and simultaneous emotional support, all while maintaining a full time job and contributing to financial stability for my family? How do I ensure my child grows into a smart, happy, responsible, successful human being? How do I trust someone else to help me achieve this?

Finding good quality daycare is incredibly daunting. I remember touring a home daycare in Beverly Hills and asking ‘where do they sleep?’ and being told ‘on the floor’. I wanted to cry and run and quit my job all at the same time.  The agency that helps Cedars Sinai Medical Center employees locate childcare told me that there was an extreme shortage of quality care in the area, and that they had begun randomly touring existing places because they had “concerns”. I did not find the right place in time. Before I went back to work, I hired a nanny. She was wonderful, but cost a whopping $2000 a month. That was what piece of mind cost me.

I grew up in a home where my Mom ran a high quality daycare. My standards are high because I know what the best looks like. I had never seen the best in Los Angeles until I toured Maple Bear Academy.  My son is now 3 ½, and I am proud to say that he is the first registered student and I look forward to the peace I will feel when I drop him off knowing that I am giving him the gift of early childhood education at its finest.  I know he will thrive here, and I couldn’t be more excited for his upcoming adventures.