Many working moms are in search of childcare offered during the full work day and don’t require half of their weekly take home pay.
With a little research and an open mind, you can find a solution. For most of the time I have been a working mom, I have worked full-time during the day. During this 11-year period, I have relied on many sources. My most recent experience has been entering my 3-year old daughter (pictured above) in preschool.
Child Care Needs
- before school childcare
- after school childcare
- breaks/holidays childcare
- inclement weather childcare
- full-time daycare/preschool
Child Care Options I’ve Relied On
- in-my-home sitters
- in-home childcare providers
- daycare centers
- after-school programs
- the grandparents
In my area, preschools are the most expensive, followed by the YMCA after-school or summer programs, and Parks & Recreation after-school or summer programs, as the least expensive option.
Other Childcare Options to Consider:
- your spouse (or the other parent)
- extended family
- responsible older children
- church-affiliated child care centers
Factors to Consider & Ask About Childcare
Is there an enrollment fee?
When are enrollment or registration deadlines?
Is there a supply fee?
How much is the weekly (or monthly) tuition?
When is payment due?
Are there additional fees for field trips?
How much notice is required and what is the cancellation policy?
Are non-paid vacation requests available?
Is care available during school breaks, holidays, and school closings due to inclement weather?
Thoroughly review the contract and policies before signing up.
What If You Can’t Afford Childcare?
Ask about sliding fee tuition programs at preschools and childcare centers.
Contact Head Start programs in your area.
Contact Social Services for daycare assistance programs in your area.