I spent some time looking for alternatives today and am really surprised at the prices of the church run day care centers - they are more than the family day care! We pay $50/day per child, so we pay her $100 / day. However, the church run day care centers are charging $60-$70 / day.
I would wait until fall when my dd will attend full day pre-school, but looking for my son who will be 14 months old. Very sad to start hearing the nearby daycares are full. Even the two church run day care centers I checked are full.
I won't bring him to a day care chain as I hear too many horror stories with them. I can put him on a wait list and earliest I can get him in is May 2014.
Thanks for listening - any advice on the day care mom? I turned around and walked out on her this morning while she was repeating her parenting advice for the third time.