I know finding the right place is a big concern. We ended up sending our kids (after age 2) to a montessori-style day care. It was more expensive, but the teachers were actually accredited in early childhood, not just baby sitters. Even though we visited first, etc., the kids cried the first day or two, but eventually loved it. One reason I thought it would be a good place was that when I visited all the kids were involved in doing activities, were happily occuped and so the noise level was substantially lower than the cacaphony in some other places I checked out. I knew I would rather be in that environment, so I figured my kids would too. Good luck.