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    Co-Op Preschools

    I was part of a Shorenorth Co-op Preschool & Parent Education Center for the past six years. This school is affiliated with and supported by Shoreline Community college. Being part of this co-op was an excellent experience! The parent education I got ...
    —Suzanne New York

    We're lucky We Could Afford an Au Pair

    When we first moved here we could not find good childcare that didn't have long waiting lists. We ended up at a center that I had reservations about and had to pull my child out of there within a month.
    —JackieWashington

    Quality child care is difficult to find

    Quality child care is difficult to find. Affordable quality child care is non-existent. And it's almost impossible to run a household on one income these days. No matter which way we slice it, we are barely making it.
    —LeahWashington

    The Day Care My University Recommended

    The day care my son was in last year was recommended by our university. This is the type of service we got: all the kids' noses were always runny, whenever I came in - my son had a cold all year; the first teacher we had was 18 years old!
    —Ksenija

    Put Out of a Job

    I am a mother of two toddlers and my story is about how difficult a time I had finding affordable care for my children. The cost of childcare for an infant and a two year old would have taken about 80% of my paychecks...
    —RachelWashington

    Ridiculous Amounts of Tuition for Pre-K

    I've had to pay ridiculous amounts of tuition to find decent pre-K education. I look for small child to adult ratios and well-qualified teachers. I also like to see clean and attractive play spaces both indoors and outdoors...
    —BreeWashington

    My Day Care Nightmare

    I learned quickly that many places did not like to give care to anyone under two because of the potty training factor. Also, because the state is tougher on the number of children allowed per care giver, meaning less money and more work for the providers.
    —MicheleWashington

    I Took As Much Time Off to Stay Home as I Could

    I go to work to make ends meet in our home, while worrying that my children are receiving the best care they can from someone who is also receiving a wage far lower than average with no benefits.
    —Jessica

    On the Waiting List

    In child care centers there is high turnover, which is particularly challenging for young children who need stability - yet there are few stable options for those that prefer 2 teachers instead of 1 nanny.
    —Amy

    My Story

    From the time that my oldest started in daycare at 6 weeks of age until the time that my son finished at age 5, we were in 9 different childcare settings. Every time I thought they were both settled, there was a modification that changed the quality of the situation.
    —AnneWashington

    I Have Pretty Good Daycare.

    I shopped around quite a bit while I was pregnant with my first child and right after he was born. I checked online mommy groups for advice and drove around my neighborhood. The places I found were not very nice and the biggest red flag was that the ...
    —DawnArizona

    Life on the Highway

    Neither of us were especially productive since we had such rigid work schedules to follow, and we spent more time in traffic than anything else...While the cost of daycare hurts, it's even harder to swallow when it doesn't make your life easier.
    —JodiWashington

    Unequal Access to Good Childcare

    It is just not fair that children from families with good financial resources are able to attend high quality childcare/preschools, while low income children can only attend very substandard programs.
    —LaurieWashington

    Employer provided, sort of

    My employer provides on site daycare. They subsidize it, so our teachers have good salaries, good benefits, healthcare, etc. It is an excellent center and the teachers have great longevity. The convenience was key to me being able to breast feed both ...
    —DinaWashington

    The Costs of Education, Childcare and College

    In hopes for a little bit of light at the end of this somewhat dark education tunnel, I have sent this letter to all levels of Government from the Obama team down to state and local levels.

    What about the forgotten lower middle class?

    —ChandraWashington

    Planning ahead

    If we wanted our daughter to have child care in the first three months of her life we would have had to get her on the waiting list 3 months before conception. We were lucky in that we could afford a nanny until Quality daycare was available to us.
    —JerryWashington

    Childcare too expensive

    My husband and I have to work opposite shifts because childcare is unaffordable. He works from 6am-2:30pm, and I have to meet my husband at his job to drop off our son so that I can be to work by 3:00pm.
    —kristinaWashington

    The American Nightmare

    It's not okay that hard working people are working their knuckles to the bone and hardly getting by and hardly being able to spend the amount of time needed to raise a well rounded well taken care of child.
    —LyndsiWashington

    Will work for childcare

    My husband and I found ourselves with a surprise pregnancy when our two children were 10 and 12.
    —SandyWashington

    Plan Ahead, Prepare to Spend, and Promote Great Programs

    We have learned through experiences of other parents that planning ahead is essential when finding childcare. And thank goodness we asked ahead - when pregnant with our first child, we had to put him on a waiting list for childcare... one year in advance!
    —AmyWashington
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