The day we got certified to be foster parents, I started looking into daycare options since both my husband and I work full time.
As a foster parent, the state provides a voucher that can be applied toward the cost of daycare. However, not every daycare accepts the voucher. Additionally, of the daycares that do accept the voucher, the ones that are rated the highest fill up quickly. In fact, many daycares in town have waiting lists making it even that much more difficult to find last minute childcare when a kiddo shows up at your door one night and you have work the next morning.
Where to get a list of Daycare Providers
To be fair, the Early Learning Coalition (ELC), who handles some aspects of daycare for foster children in Tallahassee, will provide you with a list. However, it’s a complicated process.
First of all, the list of eligible daycares isn’t available on their website. There isn’t a form online to request a list (that I could find). There is one if you’re a typical parent but not for foster parents. Second, once you call and request a list, they only email you a list of 10, so if you want more than 10 daycare options, you have to call or email and ask for another 10.
Why I Created My Own List of Childcare Providers
Because of this, I decided to develop my own list. Since I live in zip code 32303, for this list I only include daycares in Northwest Tallahassee. However, I work in 32308 and plan to create a list of daycares in that area too. If there is enough interest, I may add daycare and childcare options in the other Tallahassee zip codes.
Really, any Tallahassee parent or future parent can use this list, but I did call each daycare on this list to specifically ask if they take the ELC voucher for foster kids and I made note of it in the far column, so if you are a foster parent in the area, hopefully this will be a more comprehensive resource for you.
If you live in Tallahassee, please like this post and share it with your friends! I’ve got some other downloadable resources in the works that will be beneficial for parents living in the area.