Originally Posted by Polliwog
I strongly disagree. Some of the best Reggio-inspired programs in this country are full day. And the schools in Reggio Emilia are full day.
That is true. But the Italian Reggio schools are for preschool/early elementary-aged children. Small Blessings takes infants through age 12 (for after-school care) and has a separate area for kids who need daycare but are too sick to attend "school". Those things are undeniable hallmarks of daycare.
Also, there's a difference between "full day" preschool programs with typical full-day school hours (perhaps 8-2; perhaps divided into a morning program, lunch and an optional afternoon enrichment program) and "full day" care, where it may be possible for kids to spend 12 hours a day there.
I'm not saying all daycare is terrible. No doubt, there is a need for it. Small Blessings, in fact, sounds very thoughtfully designed. But if I don't need daycare for my child and am looking only for an age-appropriate educational/social activity, I am not going to choose a facility whose chief focus is providing care during whatever hours working parents need. I prefer a school like Reggio, Montessori or co-op, where the primary focus is their educational/developmental theory.