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Old 07-05-2004, 05:05 PM
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DayCare for Infant..........

Hello. I'm just wondering what kind of daycare is good. I know there's group daycare, in home daycare, etc. I don't feel good if someone is in my home. So I think group daycare would be the best.

Anyhow is anyone from Texas? I'm pretty new here. I was wondering if anyone knows if Texas has a Day Care Assistance? My DH is the only working right now, and I plan to enroll in the Fall semester for school. And I don't think we can afford daycare right now, until I get a job. I appreciate the help. Thank You,
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Old 08-01-2004, 09:46 PM
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Just wanted to let you know that group daycare would harbor more germs and illness for your child. Also ask if your child has minor illness is he allowed at daycare. I myself have always preferred in home care or another Mom to be babysitting. If you can afford it you can set up Nanny cams for watching someone in your home.

Check at your school to see if they offer any daycare programs.

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Old 08-01-2004, 09:54 PM
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Anyhow is anyone from Texas? I was wondering if anyone knows if Texas has a Day Care Assistance?
What area of Texas do you live in??

I know in the Houston area they have what is called "Neighborhood Centers Inc." that provides day care assistance. Look in the business section of the white pages and see if they are listed.


When my DD and oldest DS were babies, I preferred a day care provider that worked out of their own home......but that is just my own personal preference.
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Old 08-02-2004, 04:29 AM
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I live on Fort Hood, its in the Killeen/Copperas Cove area. It's a little West of Temple. I know the school only has some sort of daycare for 2 yrs old and above. She's too young for that. I like the idea of group daycare only because she can interact with other children her age. Daycare on base is too full that its hard to get into. But I might I'm scheduling school for night time, and trying to look for work. That way she'll probably only end up in daycare twice a week.
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Old 08-02-2004, 06:15 AM
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Daycare on base is too full that its hard to get into.
If the day care on your base is even close to the day care we had on base when my DH was in the Navy, get on that waiting list...NOW!!! The military has such strict guidelines for it's day care facilities....much stricter than out in the civilian world!

How about looking for a home day care provider on base? They have to meet strict guidelines too. I had a friend who ran a day care out of her home in base housing. She never knew when they were going to walk in the door to inspect her house, her records and see what she & the children were up to.

The military daycares, at least the one at NSB Kings Bay, have their fees on a sliding scale. You pay according to your DH's pay rate.
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Old 08-03-2004, 08:04 PM
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As a former childcare provider myself, I can say a couple of things – Ok a lot. I met few other providers that I would have left my child with at all. Some didn't believe in baby gates or couldn't comfort crying baby and just left them to cry it out. You will have to look at several and part-time infant care is very hard to find because of the demand and limited infant slots for someone trying to make a profit.

In contrast, I was very picky about who I would even take into my home. These were my kids playmates all day. I only took breast fed kids as they were generally healthier and had more committed parents. I made sure the parents really wanted their kids and weren’t just dumping them for 10 hours a day. No smoking families as their kids WILL have more colds and flu’s to share with everyone. Did they limit TV time to the recommended to 2 hrs a day? No Power Rangers tolerated. I encouraged early pickups and days off. I also delivered some kids to Dr’s appts and met mom there so the kids wouldn’t have to drive in circles.

Stats will show your child safest in an institutional care setting as no one provider will be left alone with a cranky baby and get mad enough to hit your child. On the other hand, the turn over at these places means your child won't always get that necessary bonding with one person.

A good place is an infant specialist. This person specializes in infants and is limited in most places to 3 babies. They will charge accordingly and deserve every penny.

I also used a neighbor girl who’s mom was always home to give her breaks and advice. And the local grandmother type. I worked only 3 days, then 1 day, then 2 again. What a wonderful boss I had. I had to stay employed to qualify for the house we were hunting for as hubby had just changed jobs and that meant he didn’t count. To weird. But they counted me as full time employed because I always had the option to do so from the boss.

I also recommend looking at their resume. A higher ed level means better overall skills. Some times a credit check can tell you a lot! You are hiring a surrogate parent. Take it very seriously. If they don’t have a contract, they are poor communicators and business people.

And don't rely on licensing agencies to do all the work for you. Inspect the safety features yourself and do lots of unannounced drop in visits. Anyone who won't let you drop in needs to be dropped by you. On the other hand, I had a woman who wanted every cupboard to have a lock. Oh, what a pain that would have been. And why would I lock a cupboard of canned goods or tupperware?? Anything sharp was in one drawer; anything toxic in one cupboard.

Personally, I won't use any provider who was over weight. I am trying to be truthful not mean. They don't carry babies like babies need to be carried. They don't exhibit good play skills and physical games with older kids. Nanny services find that same bias from families that I have; a chubby nanny doesn't do as much physical activity as one who is already athletically inclined.

You are right to do this part-time. Your child needs YOU as much as possible. Consider starting you own child care business. Then you can go to school at night easily. Or find another mom to trade days with?

Some good hard questions you need to ask yourself: Why are you going back to work? Do you know the true hourly wage you will earn after taxes, expenses (car, gas, lunch, to tired for cooking so you eat out or prepped microwave food) and then child care? At one point, I was earning only $1 net take home pay. Ouch. Some great books in the library about being a stay at home mom and the true cost of work. Try Miserly Mom.

Good luck!
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Old 09-21-2004, 10:59 AM
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I am in TX.

I am in Texas, where are you located? I am in Plano which is just north of Dallas. I just had a baby (she is 3 months old now) so I know your concern. I have had two different sitters in 3 weeks of being back at work and thinking I already need a different one but trying to talk hubby into me staying home and watching a few myself since I can not find anyone good.
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