Childcare is provided free of cost at every Friday morning Mom2Mom event. Children are split between two rooms: 2 year-olds and younger, and 3 year-olds and older. Each room has 1-3 childcare helpers, who have come to us with a personal recommendation. While you are enjoying coffee and meeting with friends, your child is playing and reading, making arts & crafts, and enjoying a movie.
Our childcare wouldn’t be possible without our helpers and volunteers. Our regular helpers are high school aged and older and are compensated for their time. They come to us with a personal recommendation. We occasionally have mom volunteers fill in when needed and keep a calendar with back up volunteers in case our regular childcare helpers become unavailable. Please contact Julie Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be willing to help in case of an emergency.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH MY CHILD?
If needed, a diaper bag labeled with your child's name on the outside of the bag. If your child needs food or drink, please make sure the containers are also labeled with their name, and ensure that all snacks are peanut free. Please refrain from bringing in toys from home-- they frequently get left behind or cause fights when other children try to "share."
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
While we don't collect a fee, we do encourage those who can to donate $35 every semester to help us cover costs. Our childcare helpers are compensated for their time.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD CRIES WHEN I LEAVE OR DURING THE MEETING?
Don’t worry! It happens! Normally, we will not disturb the meeting when a child is crying; however, if you wish to be notified we will text you and let you know. If you can't be reached by text, someone will come to you. Most children only cry for a few moments and then find themselves distracted with the toys and other children.
DO I HAVE TO SEPARATE MY CHILDREN?
While the rooms are separated by age, we have had great success keeping siblings together. If you think your younger child would be more comfortable with his/her older sibling, let us know and we will make accommodations.
CAN I COME BACK AND CHECK ON MY CHILD PERIODICALLY?
We can’t stop you from checking in but we highly recommend that you do not. Having a mom peek in from time to time can be very stressful for some of the more sensitive children struggling with separation anxiety. Many times we have just calmed down and distracted a crying child, only to have a mom “peek-in” and the crying starts all over again.
WILL MY CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BE WELCOME?
Absolutely! If you have a child with a special need, please contact us ahead of time so that we are best prepared. We have several moms in the group that have a background in special education that can be called on to help volunteer if need be. We will do our best to make any and all accommodations for you and your child’s comfort and safety.