Honestly before I provide some great resources to help you in this process I have to vent about my frustration about American policies on maternity leave. Here is a recent excerpt from Catalyst.org about family leave:
” The United States is one of the few industrialized nations that does not provide paid family leave for new parents. Some parents can take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which guarantees eligible employees at companies with more than 50 employees 12 weeks of unpaid, job-guaranteed leave for the birth of a child or care of a newborn, adoption of a child, to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition, or to take medical leave for a serious health condition. Although some individual companies offer a paid maternity leave benefit, many parents end up using a combination of short-term disability, sick leave, vacation, personal days, and unpaid family leave. “
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12 weeks?! This is ridiculous! How in the world are parents supposed to leave their new born child after 12 weeks? Parents and most mothers have to do this everyday. It’s just not right, but unfortunately some of us don’t have a choice.
So when we are faced with this daunting decision, what do we look for or what options do we even have? Here are three great resources that I think can help with this very important decision.
1. The National Association for the Education of Young Children – This organization has an accredited childcare program tool where you can look up accredited child care programs that best fit your needs.
2. The National Association of Family Child Care – This organization also keeps an updated list of accredited programs child care provides and many other resources to help you find great child care.
3. Babycenter – This is a great website that has great trusted information about everything baby, toddler and child. Just type what you are looking for in their search engine and you will find what you’re looking for. They have great resources like interview sheets for child care providers and also many other helpful guidelines.
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