Attention: New Parents!

If you’re looking for good, affordable childcare in the city of Chicago, don’t sweat it. And please, for the sake of your sanity, don’t pay any attention to all those people telling you you need to find it a year in advance. Those people are insane.

Contact Action For Children. It’s a nonprofit organization that, for next to nothing (I’m talking around $20 a year), will give you lists of in-home childcare providers and childcare centers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas, complete with phone numbers and addresses. They’ll also give you all sorts of things to think about when making your decision.

The going rate for childcare in the city of Chicago – at least for in-home care – is anywhere between $50 and $60 a day. But listen – don’t worry. You can find really good care for around $35 a day without a problem. That’s still a lot to swallow, but whaddayagonnado.

You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about this. It’s just something that’s been on my mind, I guess.

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