Dear Director,

I am worried about how upset my 2-year-old daughter is during morning drop-off at her childcare center.  Lately she cries and screams and my heart aches when I leave her.   This used to happen once in a while but it has become an almost daily occurrence. Her teachers tell me not to worry, but mornings are a real trial. Is it the teacher or the school? What can I do?

Anxious Mom

Boston, MA

Dear Anxious,

I feel your pain! Difficult transitions are painful for you, upsetting for your child and hard on the teacher. Here are some tips to that may rescue your mornings and give your daughter a good start to the day.

  •  Make sure you child gets a good night’s sleep. A consistent bedtime makes all the difference in a great morning start (for both of you).
  • Talk to your child about what they should expect when they get up in the morning: “We are going to have breakfast, drive to school and have lots of fun with Ms. Susan and your friends”.
  • I know you are in a hurry to get to work most mornings, but it very important that you let the child walk into school and into their classroom. Carrying them encourages them to cling.Nurture your toddler’s independence being a “biggirl” is a heady sensation for a two year old.
  • I am sure you have realized that toddlers are infamous for trying to provoke a reaction from their parents. Try to be consistently even tempered in response to your toddler’s tantrums. I knowthis is easier said than done, but the payoff is that your toddler learns that tantrums are not rewarded by a similar response from parents.
  • Lastly, Monday’s are stressful for everyone! Toddlers especially have a difficult time making that transition from weekends at home with parents and the return to school.  So take a deep breathe and use a little extra patience on Monday mornings.
  • Many factors can contribute to a toddler’s adverse reaction to morning drop-off at childcare. It is critical that your toddler’s childcare center play it’s part in encouraging a smooth morning transition. At our facilities (Tartt’s Day Care Center’s in Boston) we believelighthearted music, a warm and cheerful greeting by a familiar face every morning is one of the keys to a calm morning transition.


Send your childcare questions to  WANDA@TARTTS.COM

“Ask The Director “ is written by Wanda Geer in collaboration with Anita Handy and Nida Wright.  Director’s at Tartt’s Day Care Centers Inc. their combined childcare experience totals 40 years.

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TARTTs at The Factory

ADDRESS: 56 Wareham Street, Boston, MA 02118
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
AGES SERVED: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool (2 months – 4 years)
PHONE: (857) 214-4500

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ARTTs Day Care Centers is excited to introduce our newest location, TARTTs at The Factory, situated between Harrison Ave and Albany Street in Boston’s Historic South End.

This location offers families many amenities, such as:

  • Modern and unique classrooms designed to promote creativity & learning
  • Two exclusive outdoor play spaces 
  • An indoor play space 

The Factory building at 56 Wareham is at the junction of the Mass Pike and I93 exits. The location is also Silver Line accessible on the MBTA.


ADDRESS: 477 Harrison Avenue, Suite 1B, Boston, MA 02118
AGES SERVED: Infants (2 months to 14 Months)
PHONE:  (857) 214-4500

TARTTs SoWa is TARTTs Day Care Center’s 2nd South End location. This art-themed, boutique-style child care facility continues TARTTs unique brand of small, intimate child care locations specifically designed to meet the needs of its surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

Located in the Jordan Lofts building south of Washington Street (SoWa). TARTTs SoWa features:

  • A modern, artistic design 
  • Small classroom sizes 
  • An exclusive outdoor green space 

TARTTs South End​

ADDRESS: 495 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
AGES SERVED: Toddlers (15 months to 2.9 years)
PHONE: (857) 214-4500

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TARTTs Day Care Center, located at 495 Harrison Ave., lies in the heart of Boston’s Historic South End. This warm and bright facility is situated between Savoy Street and Randolph Street.

495 Harrison Ave. is MBTA accessible from Washington Street (silver line and bus connection). There are also nearby exits to Interstate 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike. We have designated 10-minute parking spaces for parents for quick and easy drop-off and pickup.