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Old 07-06-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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What suggestions would you have for a family needing 3 day a week daycare 8:00-3:00 in the area of the L streets? Thanks! We are finding many of the church based parent's day out programs don't work based on the hours needed. Paying for full-time care at a traditional daycare also does not make financial sense. Appreciate any suggestions. Infant care, which is also difficult.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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Hardest type of child care to find. Look for a "grandma" or " auntie" type of person or a preschool with extended care. Best of luck to you!
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:50 PM
 
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Possibly a student?
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:25 AM
 
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Egads! This confirms what we are finding. We were hoping in a large city there would be options that made sense but surprisingly the suggestions you gave are the same options as in our much smaller city for this situation. Interesting. Well, having been down this path, students have reliability and consistency issues for the infant and mom who needs to get to work. We are researching the preschools with extended options and trying to set up tours but so far can't even get anyone to call us back which is not a good sign. The home care option grandma/auntie is dicey too because of licensing issues. Part time children count against their child count for licensing so most homes aren't motivated to take part time people. Thanks for taking time to respond. Appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:11 AM
 
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The closest thing I've found that might meet your needs is St. James Episcopal School. They run a MDO (Mother's Day Out) program option either M/W/F or T/TH from 8:30am-3pm, with the option of before care starting at 7:30am. It's a Montessori school, but I'm not sure how much of that philosophy would carry over into the MDO program. The other benefit is that as your child gets older, you can stay there for preschool and kindergarten if you wish. The website is stjamesdallas.com and it's located at McCree Rd. and Audelia Rd. not far from the L Streets.

If this option doesn't work for you, I'd suggest probably hiring a nanny for hours you can set yourself, since there aren't a whole lot of other options (as you're already finding out yourself). Good luck whatever you decide!
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:23 AM
 
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The only families I know with less than full-time childcare nanny share with another family so that fhe nanny has a full-time job (which is what most people need to pay their bills!) Can you post on your neighborhood's Facebook or NectDoor to see if anyone is looking for part-time nanny on the opposite days? Or maybe the public elementary school you're zoned to has an eadly childhood pta group with a list serve? In many Dallas neighborhoods, SAHM's still have 1-2 days of help with a nanny each week so you might find a LH or Lakewood family who could help you staff a full-time nanny.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:25 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all of the ideas. We are exploring everything suggested. St. James does not begin until 18 months but still something to consider down the line. Thanks! The nanny option is one we are tossing about...it has pros and cons. We have talked to Claire's Christian Day School. They have been the most open to working with us so far. Does anyone have any personal knowledge of this facility?
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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Are you on the Lake Highlands Area Early PTA page on Facebook (LHAEPTA)? They need to confirm your address and there are annual dues, but it is well worth it.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:10 AM
 
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Spanish House offers 2- and 3-day options for toddlers (18 mo and up) but they have a wait list.
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