One-Stop Childcare

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

by Rachel E.

Becoming a parent is a big decision. Then once you’re a parent, the decisions just keep coming. Which car seat is safest? Which stroller is best? Do I want to sleep train my kid and, if so, what age is the right age to start? Of course, every decision comes with many expert opinions, and it seems none of them ever agree. Sometimes I feel like using a “Magic 8 Ball” would save a lot of time and angst. However, for big decisions this probably isn’t the best approach.

Perhaps the biggest decision parents make is about the care and education of their children. It can be overwhelming. As a youth librarian, I often have parents ask me for information about local preschools and daycares. One parent wished there was a local preschool and/or daycare fair where she could get information from a lot of centers in one place, instead of having to call and visit a bunch to narrow down her choices. As a parent myself, I thought this was a wonderful idea, and wished there had been something similar in place when I was searching for childcare for my daughters.

It was this parent’s idea, combined with my own experience in searching for child care, which led to the birth of the “One-Stop Childcare” program. Preschools and daycares will have tables set up to provide information about their centers, and their staff members to answer your questions. We will also have a table dedicated to Child Care Aware and Early Achievers. These groups are dedicated to helping parents learn what to look for when choosing a center and helping centers to provide high-quality care. Because we don’t want you to have to find child care in order to come, we will have activities available to keep kids entertained while you ask your questions and gather information.

Decision making is never easy, but having all the information to make a good decision can take a lot of stress out of the process. Getting it all in one place is even better.  If all else fails, there’s always the “Magic 8 Ball” approach, but when it comes to your kid’s care and education, I don’t recommend it!

NORTH SPOKANE LIBRARY

Saturday, May 10, 10-am-12pm

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