Advice from Rachel Carson on finding a good daycare provider

I came across this Rachel Carson quote and thought it prescient for anyone looking for the right care provider for their child!

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength. If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Tall order, huh, Rachel?

But speaking as someone who has been lucky enough to find such a care provider for my child, I can say what a difference it makes. There are so many things to consider when shopping around for the right daycare or nanny — convenience and logistics, cost, reputation, etc. — and yet, the ineffable and hard-to-define “sense of wonder” should rise to the top of the list, too.