Having been a mother now only 10 months, I believe I might have found the most difficult part of motherhood. CHILDCARE! It is the most stressful part of being a mother that I have found! I know, I know, as the days and months and years go by things will change and I will be wishing for a problem like this! But let me tell you something you already know! As parents, we can trust no one! So how do you find the right person to love and care for your children as you do? Where is Mary Poppins when you need her?
I FINALLY, after months and months of searching, found a tool to end all of those hours of searches, phone calls to every daycare out of the phone book, advertising and begging of friends and family to spread the word! Where in Bryan-College Station, Texas do I find the scoop on all child care facilities and baby sitters? It seemed like there was no record of childcare providers in the State! How could this be?
Thanks to an article written about problematic day care centers some time ago, the answer popped up in a Google search! In this little old article from KBTX years ago, at the very bottom, the website I had been searching for every single day for a month finally appeared, like a sign sent down from Heaven itself!!! www.dfps.state.tx.us was the answer to all of my prayers. I had been recommended to certain daycare centers in B/CS that were supposed to be grand! This website made me think twice and really research who would teach and love my child and care for her the way I would!
Once I found this website I actually found every single licensed or registered daycare, in home care, and babysitter that the State of Texas knows anything about. It was a dream come true! Inspection results, complaints, every single thing I would want to know before meeting with a childcare provider was right at my finger tips! The local phone book in Bryan-College Station had so few, and I had to call each one to see what the hours were, since I needed to find one to fit my crazy Realtor(r) schedule. This website had it all laid out at my fingertips! I was able to find a loving mother of 4 who was a licensed child care provider in her home that is perfect! I found out she had no reports or complaints on file and the peace of mind I found was amazing!
So, before finding the “other mother” for your children, check with the State of Texas (www.dfps.state.tx.us) and get the scoop on complaints, inspections, etc. The daycare I almost took my daughter to had some life threatening complaints and issues that you would have never guessed. I found out that just because a certain daycare provider is a Christian facility or been in business forever, they may have something to hide… This web site might have saved an injury, or even a life. Who knows, but I know it sure makes me feel better!