How do I apply for services?
Application information is available in our services section under How Do I Apply?
How does the program work?
Single mothers who work hours outside of traditional business hours who earn less then 2x the poverty level and have up to three children under the age of 13 are eligible. We will collect information from you and your employer, and with your permission, from your children's school.
How much does it cost?
We are in the process of revising our payment for services. Stay tuned for more details.
How are childcare givers selected?
- The childcare givers will be required to have criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
- They will be required to submit application to be determined by our Board of Directors
- They will have at least 2 years of childcare experience
- They will be over the age of 18 years old
What are night and weekend hours?
- Night hours are between 3:00pm and 7:00am (the next day).
- Weekend hours are Saturday 7:00am-Monday at 7:00am.
Can you serve single-fathers?
Unfortunately, not at this time.
Why do we focus on single mothers who need services during those hours?
More than 7% of US households are headed by females with no husband present and one or more children under the age of 18. In PA, approximately 325,000 single mothers are solely responsible for providing for their children (1) and approximately 40% of single mothers caring for children had an income level below the poverty line (2). Families in poverty spend roughly 4x the percentage of their income on child care as other families (30% vs 8%) (3). In addition to the economic hardship, the difficulty of finding reliable and quality child care when working non-standard hours and/or non-day shift jobs often results in a “patched together assortment” of a variety of child care arrangements which is often viewed as less than optimal from the mother’s perspective (4). In addition to the financial challenges to afford child care, the available options are limited when the mother works between 3:00pm - 7:00am because childcare centers, small family day care home or group day care homes typically provide services between 7:00am - 6:00pm.
(1) US Census 2010
(2) American Community Survey (ACS), 2007-2011
(3) Laughlin, Lynda. 2013. Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2011. Current Population Reports, P70-135. U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC.
(4) Karen Fox Folk and Yuane Yi, “Piecing Together Child Care with Multiple Arrangements: Crazy Quilt or Preferred Pattern for Employed Parents of Preschool Children?” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 56 (1994): 669–680.