24 Hour Day Care Centers in Las Vegas

By Maria Warren

Every one knows that Las Vegas is a 24 hour town. People come and go around the clock. In order to work in this city, many people need to have flexible working hours to accommodate the Tourism and Gaming industries. There has always been a need for childcare services, but the need becomes more significant when schedules revolve around late evening and overnight shifts, as well as the increase in single parent households and homes where both parents work. In the last few decades the definition of “child care” has morphed into more than parents needing a secure, healthy and trustworthy company to whom entrusts the care of their children. Parents are looking more and more for a facility that will add learning and growth for their children.

There are 500 licensed day care facilities in Las Vegas. Some are home-based and others have their own facilities. 12 child care centers in town are licensed through the Clark County Social Services to provide “24 hour” care as well as preschool and K-12 options. The most impressive facilities are owned and run by the MGM Grand.

  The Children’s Choice Learning Centers at the MGM Grand are located on or near casinos and work closely with the resorts.  Even if a person doesn’t work for MGM Grand, the resort has opened the center to other Strip casino employees. Employee discount for the care, payroll deduction and a pretax flex-spending account are offered. Children’s Choice began an arrangement with Station Casinos in 1998 and now provides service for casino employees at four of its properties. The centers at Texas Station and Sunset Station offer 24-hour care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years.

Rates vary slightly at the different centers, and are based on several factors, including: the age of the children and the number of days the service is used. For example, a parent would pay $155 for five full days of care (up to 10 hours per day) for a child 1 year or younger at Tinker Town. For a child of 3 to 5 years, the same care would cost $115. Parents of school-age children pay $70 for five half days of four hours or less, which includes busing from the school they attend to the day-care facility. At Children’s Choice, community rates range from $190 per week for an infant to $145 a week for school age. Corporate rates are about 20 percent to 25 percent lower. (Some of the facilities offer additional services.)

Children’s Choice, for example, provides a Sniffles and Snuggles program for mildly ill children. In addition to a quieter, less-active environment supervised by a nursing staff, the program ensures that children who are slightly ill are separated from the rest of the kids. It also offers transportation to surrounding elementary, middle and high schools. A program has also been initiated to offer accredited schooling for children in the lower grades at its facilities.

Amid all the options that parents have for their children’s care, it is wise to remember that references and accreditations should always be verified and facilities should be toured and closely inspected before making the final decision regarding a provider.

In Las Vegas, where busy parents have to work at various hours of the day and night, it is reassuring to know that there are community facilities that will provide a safe, secure, and educational environments for their children. 

Sources:

“CLARK COUNTY SOCILA SERVICES/ CHILD CARE – Bing.” Bing. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. <http://www.bing.com/search?q=CLARK+COUNTY+SOCILA+SERVICES%2F+CHILD+CARE&src=IE-SearchBox&Form=IE8SRC&gt;.

“Find a Learning Center Near You – childrenschoice.com.” Children’s Choice Learning Centers, Inc.  | Employer Sponsored Childcare offering Early Care, Early Education, Backup Care and Employer Solutions – childrenschoice.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. <http://www.childrenschoice.com/center-locator?zipcode=89084#ziplookup1.jsp?zipcode=89084&gt;.

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