Childcare for Student Parents

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April 1999

I wonder whether someone has had any experience with childcare centers for a 2-year old at Stanford University or in the surrounding community. The three centers I have found out so far are Bing nursery school, Stanford arboretum children's center, and children's center for the Stanford community. I would like to hear both recommendations and bad experiences for these three centers or any other centers nearby. They all seem very expensive. Any information on good but more affordable centers is much appreciated as well. In addition, what are some alternatives to nanny care or large children's centers? Any suggestions for Montessori schools near Stanford? L.

When I attended college at Stanford and had a newborn daughter, I found a good child care provider in Redwood City, just 15 minutes from the Stanford campus. So, one option is to look into childcare provided by someone from their home. I too looked into the childcare centers at Stanford, but found them too be too expensive and many did not have space available at the time. Also, I know that there are several individuals who live on-campus in graduate student housing, Escondido Village, who provide in-home childcare. I would suggest for you to go to the Bulletin Board located in Tresidder Union where many babysitters/childcare providers post listings. Another option is to call mothers' organizations, to get referrals. I think there is an organization called Redwood City Mother's Club or something like that, and they provide a childcare network of mom's who provide childcare in the Redwood City-Woodside area. This is how I located our sitter. Good Luck! Cecilia
I also did that research when choosing grad. schools. The lack of affordable childcare I could locate was a big part of my decision to not attend Stanford as well as other schools. If you are a student, you might want to look at what grad students actually do there for their childcare needs, especially babysitting arrangements in their housing complex. Good luck.