Emergency Childcare: What is an affordable back-up childcare solution?
We have all been there, in that pinch where we need the childcare but just cannot find what we need. The imperative word in this recent request is "affordable". An urbanMama Becca recently emailed:
I am a single mom who works full time, no child-support. I make a good income, but I can't afford traditional childcare, so my son (4 months) is staying with the neighbor, who is a stay-at-home dad, until I can find childcare that fits my budget. They are great and its been really helpful, my only problem is when their baby gets sick, then my son can't go over to their house and I am stuck home. I went 4 days in the hole on sick time for my unpaid maternity leave just a few months ago, have stayed home with my son a couple days when he was sick, and now their son has been sick a few days as well; I have gone WAY over my limit on staying home and I cannot find a single drop-in center for infant childcare in the whole city of Portland (close-in). Kindercare says they will take a drop-in IF one of their normal babies is out sick, but that is rare. I can't anticipate a child getting sick, so it isn't something I can plan for. So what is a single parent supposed to do in a situation like this? Thanks for any advice.