In February, we had to put Mary into daycare unexpectedly. We were very lucky that the starts aligned and we found someone willing to take her in, someone who had no concerns about her Down syndrome and treated her the same as every other child there. Mary was at the daycare 5 days a week for 2 months and she blossomed! In those 2 months she started speed crawling (which she now does when she has something she shouldn’t like a phone or the remote), eating table foods 100% of the time, drinking from a straw, and standing up unassisted, even taking a few steps! We were just shocked by how much she learned just by being around other children of varying ages.
After my parents had healed up and my mom felt ready to start watching the kids again, we decided to keep Mary in the daycare one day a week. Even the daycare was excited that Mary would still be there because they fell in love with her.
I feel so blessed to have found this daycare for Mary. Using the local Down syndrome Facebook group for daycare recommendations was a great choice. The best part about it is that they don’t treat her different because of her Down syndrome. They treat her like every other child and I think that is the biggest contributing factor to her progress.