The struggle of finding any decent childcare is well-known to working moms—not to mention how hard it can be to find it at an affordable price. The Center for American Progress recently released a visual aid to show just how many American families are living in “daycare deserts” where care can be very scarce.
Which is why it’s encouraging to see innovative childcare options taking root. One mom on Reddit shared her experience using a program at a local high school that is providing parents with convenient care for a reasonable fee.
The mom explained that even though she is in a two-income family, she still can’t afford any of the local daycares. Then she found a game-changer at a nearby high school.
The school has an “early childhood education” program where the public can enroll their young children and the high school students can learn the basics of childcare though hands-on experience. They even get to design a curriculum for the preschoolers to follow.
And the price? Just $220 for the entire school year.
As one Reddit user commented, this is a win/win/win situation. Parents get to send their kids to a local school for a low price, the high school students get real training that will prepare them for their careers and the kids get to benefit from a program that includes a three to one student-teacher ratio.
Another commenter mentioned that her son’s high school has a similar program that takes infants at 6-weeks-old.
A couple of people in the thread actually participated in this type of class in high school.
These types of programs can be found across the country and feature different age ranges and requirements. For example, York Community High School in Elmhurst, IL is only open three days a week for children between 3 and 5 years old. The high school students at this school must complete one Child Development class before becoming instructors and are supervised by a high school teacher.
In the original post, the mom did mention that there is an “insane” waiting list to enroll children. With any luck, more high schools will respond to the demand by opening up these types of programs to benefit local families. It could be the type of daycare revolution that many people sorely need.