Daycare Resources for Single Moms

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by Denise on December 29, 2010 · 1 comment

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Being a single mom presents many challenges, but one of the biggest is finding someone to watch the kids while you’re at work. Traditional daycare can be like a second mortgage in some cities, and daycare center philosophies can vary from center to center and when you’re struggling to make ends meet as it is, that just isn’t an option. If working from home isn’t an option either, there are other places to look for daycare or babysitting resources.

The best way to look for affordable daycare resources is to network with other single moms in your community. You’re not the only single mother in town – and you’re definitely not the only one looking for daycare. Check your community newspapers or bulletin boards at the grocery store (or other stores) for postings. There may be a childcare co-op in place where mothers trade off babysitting responsibilities. If there’s not, you could start one. Offer to trade daycare services with mothers who work different schedules than you. For example, you might find a single mom who works nights, but could watch your kids during the day in exchange for you watching her kids at night.

Another great place to look for daycare help is on a nearby college campus. If you have an extra room in your house, you could offer it to a live-in babysitter. There are plenty of undergrad and grad students looking for places to stay. He/she could watch your children while you’re at work in exchange for room and board. Of course, this option would require careful screening and selection. If you don’t have an extra room in the house, or are uncomfortable with a roommate, you might be able to find a college or grad student willing to babysit for a fair price. Check with the college’s child psychology or education programs for reference.

If you need help finding affordable daycare resources, check with the “Child Care and Development Fund” for low-income financial assistance. NACCRRA (National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) is also a great resource. Don’t forget to apply for childcare grants-you can find them on the internet by searching “daycare grants for single moms”. There are many grants of this nature available to struggling single mothers.

When looking for good daycare resources, always check the daycare center philosophy and always remember to ask for referrals and to make sure you’re comfortable with the person or people who will be watching your children. In the end, that’s the most important thing.

About Denise

As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family.

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Angie December 29, 2010 at 9:25 am

I like the idea of having a live in sitter. This makes it affordable and if you can work out a schedule between the two of you , then it will work great. Having the sitter live there makes them more like family and will be better for your children.

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