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Oh the joys of being a single parent!

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 1:58 PM
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I recently got hired as a sub for the upcoming school year. I WAS super excited about it, 105 dollars a day since Im a certified teacher. Awesome, one day pays off my student loan payment for the month! Awesome right?!

Well I called CCMS, (daycare assistance), and they said that I HAVE TO work 25 hours a week, 4 day, in order to qualify for daycare assistance. My girls daycare is about 800 a month for both kids. Anyone who has a kid in school knows that subs are not used that often, so there is no sure fire way to secure a job 4 days a week consistantly. So I can't get assistance.

I called the daycare center, and since its summer, the girls have been just going a few days a week at 40 bucks. I thought great if I get a job during the week i can just drop them off that day at 40 bucks and it will be okay. NO, daycare says that starting aug 14 they have to have a consistant schedule as per licening.

So now it looks like my subbing job may not be working out after all, unless i move them to another daycare that takes drop ins. And since I am an educator myself. I am super super picky about what daycare i have my girls in.

sorry so long! Just feel like sometimes I can't catch a break! Oh and dad only pays 262 in CS so its not that much of a help.

 
Stephanie, Mom to Izabella (3) & Victoria (2), Fiance to Miguel
Elementary Teacher, Early Childhood Specialist & Full time Mom

by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 1:58 PM
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blue_glass_mama
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I would try to find a retired lady, to watch them on a drop in basis or find a drop in child care facility, like I found one in a town I like to go shopping in, its called kid keepers or something like that, I just drop them off and go shopping in peace

bamababe1975
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Do your best to find a drop-in facility, or a trusted person to watch them either in your home or in theirs. I know that's easier said than done, but now that you've been hired as a sub, it may be easier to find some part-time work elsewhere, too, just so you can have a more consistent schedule and money coming in?

MILFInProgress
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Try home care. We use home care and I would never take my daughter to a regular day care after seeing the love and attention she gets from Miss Dotty.

JustUsGirls321
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:13 PM


Quoting MILFInProgress:

Try home care. We use home care and I would never take my daughter to a regular day care after seeing the love and attention she gets from Miss Dotty.


I would, but I just moved here in December, and I don't know anyone or any moms that could reccomend someone.

 
Stephanie, Mom to Izabella (3) & Victoria (2), Fiance to Miguel
Elementary Teacher, Early Childhood Specialist & Full time Mom

Chanel5nyc
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:15 PM
Well you can check on craiglist but when you visit the place go there whenever times other mom's pick up their kids. So, you can ask them questions and probably make new friends.

Quoting JustUsGirls321:



Quoting MILFInProgress:


Try home care. We use home care and I would never take my daughter to a regular day care after seeing the love and attention she gets from Miss Dotty.



I would, but I just moved here in December, and I don't know anyone or any moms that could reccomend someone.

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MILFInProgress
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 7:32 PM


Quoting Chanel5nyc:

Well you can check on craiglist but when you visit the place go there whenever times other mom's pick up their kids. So, you can ask them questions and probably make new friends.

Quoting JustUsGirls321:

 


Quoting MILFInProgress:


Try home care. We use home care and I would never take my daughter to a regular day care after seeing the love and attention she gets from Miss Dotty.



I would, but I just moved here in December, and I don't know anyone or any moms that could reccomend someone.

Yeah thats how I found mine. And she is licensed so you can find licensed home care through your state online and they even lists any formal complaints that have been filed against that provider and the results.

armymom424
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Try a trusted neighbor or friend. As a full-time teacher myself, I know subs are highly sought after. Who knows? Maybe a sub job will lead to full time employment.

one_on_the_way
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 2:56 PM

In my county they have "enrollment" based child care assistance (where they cover the same amount each week)...and "hourly" based child care assistance (where they only cover the hours your child is in daycare).  This sounds more like being a "substitute teacher" issue rather than a "single mom" issue.  It is difficult for anyone who may have a fluctuating/undetermined work schedule.

Is there a way you could tell the school district that b/c of child care, you are only available to sub on certain days of the week (like, say "I won't be available on Tues and Thurs)?  Maybe you could set the girls up for certain days of the week...like Mon, Wed, Fri.  If you don't get called to work on those days, you could drop them off anyway and get some errands done/alone time?  If you do get called into work, then you have a set place for child care already lined up?  I don't know how it all works...my son is in full-time day care. 

I'm not sure what is going to happen yet this fall when I go back to school.  I will have class 16 hours/week and work 8 hours/week.  I think my case worker told me that child care assistance will provide benefits for "school related" time for 12 calendar months...after that, I have to pay for the care on my own.  I feel really lucky b/c I have heard some counties don't offer child care assistance for parents who are going to school. 

JustUsGirls321
by on Aug. 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Is there a way you could tell the school district that b/c of child care, you are only available to sub on certain days of the week (like, say "I won't be available on Tues and Thurs)?  Maybe you could set the girls up for certain days of the week...like Mon, Wed, Fri.  If you don't get called to work on those days, you could drop them off anyway and get some errands done/alone time?  If you do get called into work, then you have a set place for child care already lined up?  I don't know how it all works...my son is in full-time day care. 

I can choose what days I am available, but I can't afford the 120 a week for daycare. Plus I would be limiting the amount of work that I can get. The district that I am subbing for is a Charter school there is only 2 schools in my area and 8 total in the district. Plus there are like 70 subs that they are hiring. At least that is how many were at training...

AMsMommy212
by on Aug. 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM

 Ugh-- that would really suck, I would start looking around for in-home care or hourly daycares (they have them in my area but I know they aren't everywhere) they are usually more flexible with their schedules.

Good Luck-- I hope it works out for you!

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