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I figured I would post here because I'm starting to get really disheartened.<br><br>
I'm looking for reliable and affordable childcare in the Portland area. My husband works a 9 to 5 job and I am a student. I was supposed to be starting my graduate school in Chinese medicine last fall, but had to drop out because we couldn't find childcare. I am registered to begin this fall again (September), but the same problem seems to be arising. I will be in school from about 8 until 6 four days a week, with one random day off that will chang every 3 months.<br><br>
We've been on the waiting list at Helen Gordon for 3 years and finally got accepted, but we won't be able to go there because it would cost us 1150/month. I've found another place called Cloud Nine, but it's 900/month for the full-time or part-time care (they are the same). My child is only going to be 26 months old, and many of the Montessori's in the area won't take him until he is 3 years old, and even then, we've got to go miles and miles out of the city to find something that we can afford.<br><br>
Right now I just feel like my life is ruined because I had a child. It really sucks. I love him so much, but society seems to be telling me that I have no option but to stay home with him. We are living on meager funds, but it would be worse if I tried to go to work because I wouldn't get paid much more than the daycare is costing. I will have to take out a gradplus loan to cover the daycare cost next year (if I can find one), which means that whatever we are paying comes with an 8.5% interest rate. Does anyone know of a solution? I am so sad that I might have to let my dream go because I got pregnant.
 

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what part of the city do you live in and where will you be going to school? {i'm guessing either NCNM or OCOM, which are different corners of the city...)<br><br>
you mention centers and schools, but are you open to an in home care provider?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> mama... you can do this mama...<br><br>
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Or what about finding someone to come to your house to watch your child? Maybe a SAHM looking to earn some income while still being able to be with her children?
 

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we go to y's choice at se 60th and stark and it is 'affordable'. affordable as in i looked at a lot of centers which were over $1000/month and y's choice is a bit less expensive. it is subsidized and they also have scholarships for some families.<br><br>
it sounds like you would need a spot in the preschool 1 class (ages 2 to 3) and it is nearly impossible to get in there. ie. loooong waiting list. the preschool 2 class (starting age ~3) is a little easier to get into because the teacher/child ratio goes up a bit.<br><br>
i'm not sure what area you are in. and the hours of y's choice are 6:30am to 6pm.<br><br>
anyway ...good luck. childcare is a really hard thing to find and get into. a lot of places have long wait lists.
 

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Try a craigslist ad. The most affordable option is going to be taking your child to another mama's home. This worked out great for us, even though I originally wanted a center, mistakenly believing the staff would be more caring and committed and "safe". Not to rule out centers altogether, but I found the best care with another MDC mama.
 

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I provide childcare in portland.<br><br>
I am in SE.<br><br>
Call me if interested.<br><br>
Alison<br>
503.380.1603
 
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