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Children January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Infant daycares in the neighborhood?

Help!  I did not realize that in order to get a kid into daycare, I should have been calling centers to be put on wait lists the moment I found out I was pregnant. So now I have a 4 month old baby, “plans” to go back to work in a month, but no one to leave the baby with.
Dear PoPville, where do you send your kids during the day?!  We both work in the service industry, so cost is definitely a factor.  I’m mostly interested in either home daycares or even just a good resource for regular babysitters in the area.  I’m working my way through all of the forums/listservs in the neighborhood I can think of, but am hoping that some other parents will have words of wisdom or trusted resources to pass along.  We don’t know any other parents to pick their brains.
More details:  we’re looking for part-time care (probably 3-4 days a week, around 10:30-4:00pm, though this is somewhat flexible) starting in February.  He’ll be 5 months by then.  We live in Mt Pleasant and prefer somewhere here or in Adams Morgan, but I work in Georgetown so that’s a possibility as well.

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Try Jubilee Jumpstart in Adams Morgan, and there’s one called David’s Stars (I think?) in Dupont/AM.  Also maybe First Baptist Church on 16th. You should be able to get a list of licensed, registered centers from the DC Dept of Health–this one is from 2007 but I have a vague recollection of being told that the DOH maintains a more current list that you can go down and pick up.
Your best bet might be a nanny share–they seem to come together pretty quickly.  Definitely send an email to any neighborhood listserve you can find–there’s a Petworth Parents group and I’ve often seen nanny share openings there.  We also had fairly decent responses to posting an ad on SitterCity for occasionally babysitting and they do nanny listings too.  Most of them were asking $12-18/hour, though, so that will add up fast.
Lastly, I have a friend who used to nanny part-time and just had a second baby a month ago.  I have no idea if she’s looking to take on some work and she does have two kids of her own, but she’s awesome with kids and might be willing to help out in a pinch. I could put you in touch with her if you’re really stuck.  I actually suspect that you and I have met–if you were offered a baby swing by some random person who works in the office building next door, then email or give me a call if you still have my info and I’ll put you in touch with my friend.
Good luck.  You’ll find something; everyone does!


David’s Stars is at 18th & Ontario.  Spanish all day.


What is the ideal time to start looking into places? I am 4 months pregnant now, but didnt think I needed to start looking until I was at least close to delivery? Where there good places in Petworth you can reccomend that just didnt have availabilty now? I wont need anyone until September at the earliest.

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