I'm looking ahead to the near future when my DD will be in (public) middle school a county over from where I work full-time (about a 20 mile drive.) I'm also a single parent with no close family. We have good family friends but everyone works during the day and none have kids near that age.
Up until now, after-school extended day programs have worked well for us. But it seems there are limited options in the junior high age.
I'm thinking about possibilities of hiring someone reliable to run her from school to home in the afternoons five days a week (the morning is not an issue, just the time between school letting out and the time I get home from work.)
Obviously I have to research more, but would be very appreciative of ideas or scenarios that have worked for you. Thanks!