[Update: Because of the huge number of write-in votes, we added the Trust Center for Early Education (TCEE) to the list. 12:16 a.m. Wednesday]
Editor's Note: Thanks to a lot of feedback from the comments, e-mails, and social networking sites, we have revised the poll with more targeted choices. However, because of the sheer selection and quantity of the pre-school and day care centers in Brookline, we sampled just a few (this also keeps the poll from being overwhelming).
That does not by any means imply that you cannot vote for those places beyond the list. Simply leave a comment below the poll (to make it more obvious, use the word "vote" somewhere in that comment).
These polls are still not scientific. When the decision is made at the end of the week, the decision is not made by poll results alone: comments and reviews on the listings count too. Make noise for your favorite pre-school or day care! Tell your friends to vote, spread the word on your Facebook or Twitter account, and remind the parents you see when you're picking up your kids.
The original poll is attached, and closed at the same time as the new poll opened. The oiginal text of this article is below as well.
[Editor's Note: We are currently working on a revised version of the poll more inclusive of options people have since suggested. It seems the question of best day care/pre-school is a lot more complex than originally thought. In the meantime, please make comments, let us know who should not be missed out. 2:04 p.m.]
Last week we started our series of week-long "Best of Patch Readers' Choice" contests. The first category was "Best Smoothie," and with the bulk of the votes going to Paris Creperie, there was a clear winner.
This week the category is: Best Day Care/pre-school.
Here's how it works. Vote in the poll below. Add comments supporting your decision and influencing other Brookline residents to see that you're right, after all. Leave a review on your favorite business.
The poll closes at 9 a.m. Friday. Because this poll isn't scientific, it isn't the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor (that's me, Grahame Turner), based on poll results, comments on this story and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey.
And now, the nominees, along with links to their Patch Places pages:
- Brookline Pre-Kare
- Children's Center of Brookline and Greater Boston
- Etty's Day Care
- Friends Childcare
- Les Petits Nursery School
- Little Corner School House
- Parents In A Pinch
- School Is Cool Child Care
- Sunshine Academy
- Knowledge Beginnings
- Temple Emeth Nursery School
- Tiny World Child Care Inc.
If we missed one (which is possible, as I don't frequent these businesses), urge some votes in the comments.
We'll announce the winner at noon on Friday. The winner gets bragging rights and a framed certificate from Patch. Let the voting and commenting begin!
[Editor's note: We started off calling the contest "Best of Brookline" and have changed it to "Best of Patch Readers' Choice." It's the same contest, just with a name that's more descriptive.]