Parent apprehensive about childcare in the Bay Area
I moved to Oakland from Mendocino a few years ago after my husband and I were engaged. We now have a 21-month old boy, and I am overwhelmed by the prospect of finding occasional childcare for him. Coming from a small town, there is a certain kind of accountability that exists that I haven't found here at all....it is a lot easier to find like-minded families that you know and trust that if they recommend someone, you can be sure that person is trustworthy because if they weren't, the whole town would know.
Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but finding childcare online through recommendations of people I haven't met is not something I feel comfortable with. However we are at a point where I feel my son can benefit from spending time with someone aside from my husband and I, we could use a date night every now and again, and I would absolutely love to take a yoga class once/week! I haven't found a community of parents I connect with here at all, even though we go to different parks and activities almost every single day. So I have nobody else to ask.
Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.