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So I had an interview with the child development center  (child care/day care) at Ft. leavenworth today. I learned a lot of information and I am now rather concerned about the job. Below is the list of things I learned.

1. When hired you sign on as a flex employee. Basically you are an on call employee and you learn the day before that you are scheduled for the next day. 

2.  Until you are an official employee (takes up to 6 months) there are no benefits.

3. You must be available to work on 1 Friday night per month and select Saturdays for training. There are also nightly staff meetings once every three months.

4. There are regular test modules that you must take on the computer and pass to continue working and earn raises.

5. Starting pay is $10.39 per hour. 

6.  There is a 2 week training period before you an start working, this includes observation, hands on and computer programs.

7. You can use their childcare but there is a waiting list to get in, so you have to find an alternative until there is room. Preference is not given to employees. 

8. Center hours are 5:30am-6:30pm. 

What concerns me is that I am having a baby in July and This means for an unknown amount of time I would have no benefits and possibly no childcare. My hours would be unspecified so when It comes to childcare I would not know when to schedule my child outside my work schedule. The pay is great but I would never know how many hours I would get so my income would be unclear. I am working on my education degree and though for this fall they are all online, they wont always be that way so I would have some scheduling conflicts in the future which could prevent me from getting full time status. I really don't know this all really concerns me. How am I going to juggle a random schedule, a new baby and school all at once? The baby will most likely keep me up at night so I may be a risk at work or to drive and what about school? Will I even be awake enough to function? I just don't know what to do. Any advice would be great. PLEASE!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 3:04 PM I know it sounds like a lot (and it is), but I think it'll be worth it!  Getting a job on base means security unlike the civilian world, assuming it's a federal job (not sure about CDC jobs).  Once you're a permanent employee, it's a sweet deal :) They make it difficult for a weed out undesirables and to try to avoid high turn-over rates.  I know it will be hard to juggle, but it's only for 6 months, right?  You should be able to get temporary health insurance for your daughter during that time, and maybe even for yourself if you qualify.  As far as child care, what have you found so far, or have you been looking?  For variable hours like that, you'll probably need to go with a home day care setting because they can be more flexible with times, unlike most day care centers, but I'm not sure what's available in this area.  I would offer to assist with that, but I live out in Weston and I'll have a newborn too, so I'm not sure I could handle it.  I'm not even sure I'll be able to handle it with my 2 year old LOL

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 3:23 PM Thanks. It is a federal job after 1 yr of employment. I am using healthwave as mode of insurance and I may have to utilize Social Services to get childcare temporarily if I get this job. Thanks for thinking of me. You will definitly have your hands full, as will I with my little guy. *lol*

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 2:39 AM

Yeah I think its like that everywhere. I remeber when my sister got a job at the cdc in Hawaii and that's how it was. But it was worth it in the end.  I'm also willing to help with childcare if you need it  since I'm on post and not that far from the cdc as well.  My oldest will be there full time and it will be me and my youngest.  =) 

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 2:52 AM thanks. :)

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