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Old 09-20-2004, 07:09 PM   #1
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A constant struggle for all of us here is the childcare issue. I'm a single mom with 2 little guys and sometimes it just seems hopeless. Childcare in my are for a child over 2 ranges from $140 per week per child - over $200 in a daycare facility/about $275-$350 for both of them in a private home and the cheapest in house nanny I had was $275 a week 8 hours a day 4 days a week which anyone worknig full time knows its 10 hours a day to work an 8 hour a day job. Anyway, For people trying to better themselves by going to nightschool, or parents who maybe just need to shop or take a break for an evening I was thinking of initiating a childcare exchange program in my area. I'm not quite sure how we parents could pre-screen each-other but I do know that I am home most evenings and to have another child or 2 here for a few hours maybe 2 nights a week wouldn't be any trouble. I really wish I would have had this assistance when I needed it most. Does anyone have any ideas or would this be something anyone was interested in? I know its dificult when we don't know peoplebut I was thinking along the lines of providing our own state clearance to join and even our own drug testing. I know drug testing can be done for as little as $35 and the state clearance (for child neglect, felonies etc...) is relatively cheap. I was just thinking how much difference say, a group of five single parents could make in eachothers lives if they were all really supportive of one another.
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A constant struggle for all of us here is the childcare issue. I'm a single mom with 2 little guys and sometimes it just seems hopeless. Childcare in my are for a child over 2 ranges from $140 per week per child - over $200 in a daycare facility/about $275-$350 for both of them in a private home and the cheapest in house nanny I had was $275 a week 8 hours a day 4 days a week which anyone worknig full time knows its 10 hours a day to work an 8 hour a day job. Anyway, For people trying to better themselves by going to nightschool, or parents who maybe just need to shop or take a break for an evening I was thinking of initiating a childcare exchange program in my area. I'm not quite sure how we parents could pre-screen each-other but I do know that I am home most evenings and to have another child or 2 here for a few hours maybe 2 nights a week wouldn't be any trouble. I really wish I would have had this assistance when I needed it most. Does anyone have any ideas or would this be something anyone was interested in? I know its dificult when we don't know peoplebut I was thinking along the lines of providing our own state clearance to join and even our own drug testing. I know drug testing can be done for as little as $35 and the state clearance (for child neglect, felonies etc...) is relatively cheap. I was just thinking how much difference say, a group of five single parents could make in eachothers lives if they were all really supportive of one another.
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Old 10-10-2004, 09:30 PM   #3
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I've had that idea myself...so far I'm still paying overpriced low quality childcare.

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Old 10-11-2004, 04:18 PM   #4
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That absolutely sounds like a great idea. I get help with child care from the state but I'm stuck with having to make less than 28000/yrly to keep it. I have to turn down jobs that make more just so I dont have to pay 1300/monthly for my 2 boys in daycare. I know that at Osco Drug, you can buy home drug testing kits for a range of drugs for only around 25.00.(typically for parents to test their kids but it should work). As for getting certified by the state, I dont know how that would work, but getting to know eachother might work just as well. But I would so love to be able to go grocery shopping without having to trail 2 carts around(my kids are 2yrs and 7months) and also to work on college without my son hitting the keys on the keyboard of the computer! Honestly, this sounds like a great idea!
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Old 10-21-2004, 09:53 AM   #5
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That is a wonderful idea. Wish I could have something like that in my neighbourhood.
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