Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Going Cross-eyed

Okay, I lied. Not intentionally. There will be a third post today.

I've spent a monumental amount of time looking at childcare for HB online and over the phone.

Where I live, none I repeat, none of the Catholic churches provide childcare for infants. It's all preschool and up. I called the diocese who had no idea. I called my own parish and then I called the one I went to on Sunday because they have a school attached to it. They directed me to another Christian church that has infants.

I also called the Lutheran church's school for info. I only got the machine. I called the Episcopal who didn't know either but directed me to Interfaith Services. They didn't have a directory either. I called another Episcopal church who directed me to school that did not take infants. I called the Child and Family Resources who only gave me names of area daycares. I specifically asked for parochial or non-profits. And then I found one on an online search. They were very pleasant. Evangelical. But I'll take what I can get. Another one up north was too far away, but also nice.

Needless to say...I'm a little frustrated.

Why do you ask? Well, if I'm going to be looking for work, I should start looking at childcare too. Especially if I have interviews or something.

Why parochial or non-profit? I worked for a for-profit business, which I would take him to, but they don't take infants. For profits will stretch their dollar. Parochials or non-profits qualify for grants and other resources so money is less tight and can be spent where it counts: lower child/teacher ratios. That's what I want. More one on one for HB. And theoretically a parochial teacher actually cares about the children. I say this because I worked for a for profit and I cared about the children too.

Why not home care? I don't know of anyone besides myself who provides in-home care. If I don't know the person, I get a little skeptical. You can keep for profit four children without licensing. Plus centers are set up specifically for children unlike homes which are for families. I know that the centers have to be regulated. They also are inspected once a year and if there are any complaints.

Anyways...I'm going cross-eyed because I've been staring at the screen for too long and my neck hurts from being put on hold.


  1. Aww.. I'm pretty picky about who watches mine too. Crossing fingers I'll be watching a little girl Zavier's age starting Jan (unless her dad gets laid off, which is sadly a real possibility or if he gets a better job elsewhere also a possiblity). I hope that all works out for you!

  2. I have been thinking, as a mother who stayed home with her children until they were 3 and 6 years old, I think you should use your saving bonds so that you can stay home with your child.

    your mother


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