Texas schools start on August 25th.
Time for busy parents to make those difficult and heart breaking decisions. If only Mrs. Doubtfire and Nanny McPhee were real (sigh).
Here are some childcare options in the Houston and Katy area (I am not endorsing any of these options. I am only gossiping. Always click on the link for more info):
Collaborative For Children, an organization in Houston which provides childcare search services and assists with early childhood resources. Call them to speak to a CSR or search on the website:
1-888-833-6805 or 713/600-1234
Craigslist (search with caution and care) : http://houston.craigslist.org/kid/
Go to the Katy ISD Parents page for more childcare options: http://www.katyisd.org/parents/parents.htm
Texas Department of Health and Family Services:
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission also has a website with a search page where you can input your zip code and find all licensed/registered childcare providers in the area:
Private: word of mouth is also good. A friend of mine is offering before/after school care for students who attend Rhoads Elementary in Katy, Texas. Reply to this post with a comment and I will give you additional information. I will not publicize your contact information.
The YMCA provides before/after school care for elementary schools in the Katy ISD area.
Last year Katy ISD stopped sending flyers home in the Tuesday folders. Many parents did not know that the YMCA offered before/after care at most schools was an option.
Here is the fee schedule:
The YMCA does not offer care at all Katy schools so please call them and check on where they offer services. The fee for before and after care is $285 for members of the YMCA and $315 for non-members.
If the fees are a little expensive for you or if like me you have more than one child than please contact the YMCA and they will charge you a fee based on family income which may end up costing you less than the fees posted. You will have to provide your tax forms and W-2s for verification.
Hope that helps.