try contacting your local high school and/or colleges. many of them have lists of certified babysitters or are willing to advertise your needs for qualified students who might be willing to help you out (often they charge less than full-time sitters, also). another place to look is online - columbus oh has a baby-sitting service which operates online. potential sitters register, pay for and submit background checks, post references and hours of availability, and moms in need of sitters post their info and when they need a sitter, and the electronic service matches them up.
at 11:53 PM on Oct. 24, 2008