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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. We then found an au pair who needed a new placement (she wouldn't have been our first choice if we had time to find someone) and she did not really have the maturity to provide childcare full time for our son who is mildly autistic. We were left with the choice of quitting our jobs or sticking it out with her until we could find someone else. We had to stick it out for economic reasons and eventually found a great au pair, but that time was really hard on our son and on us. We are lucky because we could afford an au pair, but if we couldn't the childcare choices here were pretty awful unless you could wait for an opening at a good place. Don't even ask me about finding afterschool care, ugh!

—JackieWashington
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