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Help a Mom: Evening, weekend child care options

Posted March 12, 2013

I received this email from a local mom who is looking for evening and weekend child care options ... but not the "drop in" variety.

Here's what she wrote: Do any of your readers know of good evening and weekend child care options? I don't mean "drop in" centers for date night, rather normal child care options that cater to those with retail/restaurant schedules.

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  • my2cents-justsaying Mar 14, 2013

    In addition to the Child Care Services Association (I have used their resources before, VERY helpful), there was a daycare on Duraleigh road in Raleigh that I know used to offer night childcare (for shift workers)

  • AMHall82 Mar 14, 2013

    You can also view this document: to see the referral agency for other counties as well. Each region has a regional database they can access to help you find care that works for your family.

  • AMHall82 Mar 14, 2013

    If she is in Orange, Durham, or Wake County, she can contact Child Care Services Association at [Orange: 919-967-3272], [Durham: 919-403-6950], or [Wake: 919-779-2220] - OR, visit their website to do an online search. They will be more helpful that using the Division of Child Development's website [] because they can search by facilities [homes & centers] that are open 24 hours or offer "after hour" services. You don't want to rely on a drop-in facility because they are not required to be licensed by the State and are less regulated. Also, using a nanny service or paying a babysitter is most likely to be considerably more expensive that placing the child in regulated care.

  • dmj Mar 13, 2013

  • samandalice Mar 13, 2013

    As a fomer nanny agency owner, we used to offer babysitting services. Many nannies are willing to work on the weekends. I would definately check with some local agencies to see what they offer :)

  • Landonsmom Mar 13, 2013 has a search engine for childcare. Click on parents on the home screen then on left side of the page in red it says search childcare. You can put in certain criteria and search from there. These are licensed childcare centers/homes that have to follow state guidelines. Good luck with your search.

  • thinkb4speak Mar 13, 2013

    I used to work nights and this was a problem for me too. I found that a reliable high school student is your best option. You can call your local church and they usually have recommendations of kids. You can also check with your local high school guidance counselor for recommendations. Make sure they have taken the Red Cross Babysitting class not only for the skills, but it also shows that they take babysitting seriously. I also met the parents of my sitters so they knew what I expected.

  • 321oohaw Mar 12, 2013

    lilypony...Thsnk you

  • 321oohaw Mar 12, 2013

    google it...

  • lilypony Mar 12, 2013

    oops, just saw you said you *dont* mean the drop-in...sorry!