So why not sign up for multiple centers to ensure you have a placement? Childcare centers on the Eastside require deposits of $100-200 just to hold a spot on a waitlist - a costly pursuit if you sign up for more than one. The cost of childcare for my two children is as much as my mortgage, and I have them in child care on a part time basis (3x/wk). It is an expensive, but absolutely critical expense.
While we've had issues in searching for childcare, we also have to commend my employer, who sponsors a back up care program for when I have to work and childcare is closed or my children are mildly ill. With only a few hours notice, my employer will send a licensed nanny to my home or find me care at the phenomenal rate of $4/hr so I can return to work. The more we can promote and expand this type of benefit, the more we will be able to retain a critical workforce - the working mother.