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There’s Always Room for a Garden

Gardens can be a place of peace and relaxation as the gardener works the warm soil and coaxes life from the earth. A healthy harvest can also ease the food budget of the single mom. A small yard doesn’t mean that a garden of fresh flowers and vegetables is impossible.

Flowers and produce can be grown in limited space and provide hours of relaxation and family fun. If digging a traditional garden will take up the kids play space, consider a container garden on the patio or the balcony.

Tomatoes, peppers, radishes and lettuce all grow well in a container. In fact, depending on the size of the pot, any vegetable can be grown in a container on a sunny patio or balcony.

Let the kids get involved in the family gardening by assigning one or more containers to each child. Gardening is not only a fun activity, it’s a learning experience. It might even tempt the child to taste new fresh vegetables and discover that they like them. That should make any single mom feel that the effort has been worth while.

Plant vegetables or flowers that have the same sun and water requirements in the same pot. Keep the mature size of all of the plants in mind when planting the container garden so that they don’t crowd each other out. Taller plants may block needed sunlight from shorter growing plants, so take this into consideration at planting time, too.

Don’t forget to utilize the vertical spaces that you have access to. Containers can be placed on shelves installed on a fence or wall. Make sure the supporting structure is strong enough to bear the weight of the container, plant, and the soil when it is full of moisture.

Fruits and vegetables can also thrive in hanging baskets. Again, the supporting structure has to be strong enough to support the combined weight of the plant, container and moisture laden soil. Plants in hanging baskets are especially susceptible to wind, which can dry them out quickly or cause breakage, so extra attention may be needed during bad weather.

Add flowers to the container garden to make the area as attractive as it is functional. If the container is in the way, just move it. That’s another benefit of the container garden. The plants can be easily moved if extra space is needed for entertaining, play or to protect the garden from the elements.

Special Needs Resources for Single Moms

Single moms know the responsibility of being the main caregiver is a stressful challenge. When the family includes a child with special needs, it’s often hard to find another mom who is struggling with the same challenges.

The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and that you are not expected to know it all and do it all. You need help and shouldn’t be afraid to seek it.

There are resources available for the single mom struggling to cope with being the caregiver of a child with special needs. National organizations with local resources that may be available in your community, or near your community, can help you find the knowledge, support and respite needed.

NCBDDD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, formed the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The NCBDDD works with people of all ages, but one of their defined missions is to help children reach their full potential. Not only does their website offer valuable information on specific disabilities, it also provides resources at a state level.

For more information on the NCBDDD, they can be contacted at:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

1600 Clifton Road
MS E-87
Atlanta, GA 30333

TEL:  800-CDC-INFO

(800-232-4636)

TTY: (888) 232-6348
24 Hours/Every Day

NICHCY

The National Dissemination Center website offers a vast network of resources that assist parents in finding the information and support needed to help them care for their kids with special needs. NICHCY also recognizes that the entire family needs additional help when it includes a special needs child and provides links to resources geared at providing that support.

Contact them at:

NICHCY
1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: (800) 695-0285
Fax: (202) 884-8441
nichcy@aed.org

Child Care Law Center

Sometimes being an advocate for your special needs child isn’t enough and the single mom needs assistance just making sure that her child is benefiting from the laws that are in effect. The Child Care Law Center website offers tools for parents who need legal help to make sure their special needs child is receiving the services they are entitled to. This non profit organization is geared mainly to families and parents, but also assists with the legal aspects of organizations, from community based to the national level.

The address of Child Care Law Center is:

Child Care Law Center
100 McAllister Street, Room 360
San Francisco, California 94102

Tel:: (415) 558-8005
info@childcarelaw.org

Daycare Resources for Single Moms

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.

Cut Down On Daycare Costs With Daycare Grants!

Single moms face many challenges, and one of the biggest is finding adequate and affordable daycare for their children. Daycare grants for single moms can help bridge that gap. Daycare grants for single mothers are offered in a variety of places, and it takes some patience — and perhaps a lot of paperwork! — to learn if you qualify.

Here are a few good places to start:

Start with DHS. You should always begin with your local Department of Human Services. This is the place where you can find all sorts of assistance, from food stamps to college funds to welfare. If there is a daycare grant available through the government for people in your unique situation, DHS will probably know about it. At the very least, they will have resources to point you in many different directions. Start there, and if you don’t find what you need, continue to the following resources.

Head Start. If your child is old enough to attend a Head Start program, it might not cost you a dime to send them there. They will receive all the benefits of daycare but also get the added bonus of learning quite a bit before they are ready to go to a regular school. That can give them a huge educational boost when the time is right. Contact your local school district to find out more.

Churches and Private Programs. Many churches and private schools offer extended hours for preschool, and some of them offer daycare services. You might have to fill out a financial aid form and prove why you can’t afford to pay the cost of daycare in order to be eligible. The rules vary from one organization to another, so if you are turned down by one, don’t let that stop you…simply prepare to apply for another one.

Your College or University. If you are a college of university student, you might be eligible for special grants that pay for daycare for your children. Some colleges offer daycare centers and watch over your children free of charge while you attend classes. Some offer cash grants, while others funnel the money to the daycare provider of your choice. Check with your admissions office, particularly the non-traditional student office, and find out what is available to you.

Offer Daycare Assistance. Many daycare facilities, especially those run by private schools or churches, will lower the cost if you are willing to volunteer with outings, paperwork, and the like. Decide what you can offer in exchange and be prepared to talk about it when you sign up for grant assistance.

Tips For Finding Daycare Grants For Single Mothers

Going to school, going to work, and handling everyday chores and errands is enough to drive anybody a little nuts. Add being a single mother into the mix and you can see how you might need a little help along the way.

But there’s no doubt daycare can be very expensive. If you aren’t lucky enough to have family around to provide the care your child needs while you are at work or school, how can you afford quality daycare? Daycare grants for single moms might be the answer.

Many schools offer daycare grants for students who are going back to school and need some assistance. The state you are in might also offer daycare grants, which would be paid by the government, under the auspices of the Department of Human Services. If you qualify for food stamps, you will probably qualify for daycare grants as well.

You can also seek the help of the federal government. If you are a legal citizen in the United States and over the age of 18, you might be eligible. Grants through the government will help pay for daycare if you meet certain criteria, specifically if you are trying to start your own business, or contribute to the economy in some other way. The welfare of your children is considered paramount, but the government also wants everyone to be a contributing member of society… so giving you a shot at opening up your own business or going back to school is something the government will try to help you with if at all possible.

If you are a student, your chances of getting a grant are even greater. If you are in a minority, live in an impoverished area, or have skills that can be used for the good of public services (such as a nursing degree or experience as a teacher’s aide), you can translate those skills into a measurable grant that will allow you to continue to contribute while taking care of your children at the same time.

Want to look further into daycare grants? Start with your local college or university if you are a student. Talk to the Department of Human Services. They can give you further information on both state and federal grants that might be able to help you. Finally, visit Grants.gov to search for information that might help.