Post Parental Leave Employee Resource Group- In Home Care and Childcare Centers: The Pros and Cons

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024 | Time: 12:00-1:00pm | Location: Virtual- Zoom

Event Description

As you are returning to work from a parental leave, you may be considering your childcare options. But what is the best choice for your family? Join us for the February session of the Post Parental Leave Employee Resource Group to discuss the differences and pro/cons of both in home care as well as childcare centers. We are proud to be joined by Laurie Linscott of the Child Development Laboratories as well as Breanna Dailey and Rachel Cress of Kennedy Care, home care services agency, to provide insight on this important topic for parents who are returning to work.

Learning Objectives

  • What should I consider when making the decision between in home care or a childcare center?
  • What are the pros and the cons of in home care vs. childcare centers?
  • How can I find more information on both in home care and childcare options near me?

About the Speaker: Laurie Linscott, M.A., Director, Child Development Laboratories

Laurie Linscott is a Senior Academic Specialist who serves as Director of the Child Development Laboratories. She joined the faculty of HDFS (formerly Family and Child Ecology) in 1999 as a Head Teacher where she worked with the MSU/C.A.C.S. Head Start Collaboration. In 2001, Laurie moved to Central School as Head Teacher. In addition to teacher training, she took on the role of Advisor for the Family and Child Ecology Club for the next 5 years.

A milestone in her career was her role in the development of the early childhood inclusion model, operating at the Child Development Laboratories, Haslett campus. This collaboration with Haslett Public Schools and Head Start serves as a unique teacher training site and community resource. It has been in existence since 2004. celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2014.

Ms. Linscott has presented at state, national and international settings in the areas of Family Engagement, Inclusion and Cultural Competence. During her tenure she has taught Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs, Student Teaching in an ECE Setting and guest lectures for other courses. Most recently she has presented on topics related to early care and education at universities in Taiwan.

Ms. Linscott works with numerous groups at the local and state levels with a focus on community collaborations, advocacy and inclusion. She served as Co-Chairperson for the Quality Initiatives in Early Care and Education workgroup, part of Ingham Great Start Collaborative. This workgroup was then imbedded in the Ingham GSC School Readiness Advisory Committee.  Ms. Linscott participated on the review and revisions of the MDE Early Standards of Quality, Preschool. Ms. Linscott served as President of Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children.  She currently in on the Broad Art Museum Education Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  In 2017 she was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Executive Committee of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and  serves as Vice Chair.


About the Speaker: Breanna Dailey, Program Director, Kennedy Care

My passion for childcare all started in 2010, when I first joined the Safe At Home team servicing hundreds of families in my first 7 years as an in-home Nanny. Ultimately growing into my current Program Director role where I am today. I earned my Degree in Early Childhood Development and I have volunteered in over ten Ingham County School District and Great Start Readiness Programs throughout Southeast Michigan.

About the Speaker: Rachel Cress, Program Manager, Kennedy Care

I have worked in child care professionally for over 13 years and truly love the opportunity to
assist children in their growth and development. I started my career here at Safe at Home in
2017 as a Nanny and in 2020 took on the role of Program Manager. I oversee the backup
program that partners with MSU and provides in-home services to their families. Additionally, I
manage the Ongoing Care Program that pairs families with their perfect fit for an in-home

I love that I play a role in equipping caregivers to provide compassionate care that every child