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List of Daycares in Northwest Tallahassee

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.


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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.

Babysitting: aka Our Foster Kid Field Test

Practicing our parenting (and) baking skills, with our niece

Last weekend, we babysat our 6 year old niece, Logan. I didn’t tell her mother, but the last time I was responsible for keeping a child alive was when I was 16. I showed up at the house at 9 pm. The baby was already asleep, so I just sat out on the couch and read until her parents came home. I couldn’t figure out how the TV remote worked (the life of a home school kid in Alaska).

Actually, if memory serves me correctly, I was petrified of sudden infant death syndrome. I went into the nursery and held my hand under her nose at least 3 times to make sure she was still breathing.

However, my husband and I are now certified foster parents. We have a thank you letter from Governor Rick Scott to prove it. So, I suppose that makes us qualified to babysit.

As a Parent You Learn Simple Tasks Take Longer

It went great. I was worried, so I do what I always do and made a long list of activities. I figured if I got her tired and kept her occupied, she wouldn’t have time to miss her parents. Really, I probably could have only planned two activities because everything takes twice as long with kids. We made cookies. We colored. I learned the entire dance to Wave Walker (which was impromptu and not on the list but very fun. If anyone’s interested in learning, I know a girl).

Even dinner took a long time, but I think that was because she didn’t want to eat broccoli so she just kept putting pieces into her mouth, chewing it up and storing it in her cheeks like a chipmunk until Uncle Thomas told her she could spit it out, because picky eaters gotta look out for one another.

So I’m feeling overly confident about the foster parent thing now that we made it through our trial run. Logan seemed like she had a great time, so I would say we passed. I will probably start giving advice to random parents standing in the line at the grocery store, because nothing says “parent” quite like mommy wars.

Finding Daycare for Working Parents in Tallahassee

On that note, I’m about to join the working-parents-who-put-their-kids-in-daycare team when the fosters arrive, so I’ve been doing some research on that front. I was shocked that I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of daycares by geographic area. There are a couple of lists that divide them up by faith-based or education based. However, doesn’t it seem more practical to have them by zip code? This way, people can make a short list based on where their house or work is located? Am I approaching this wrong? Tallahassee moms, IS THERE A SECRET LIST I DON’T KNOW ABOUT?!

Unless I hear otherwise, I am currently working on creating one myself. When I’m done, I’m going to put it online. Any Tallahassee moms or future moms will have someplace to start with the daycare search. Or they can just leave a nasty comment about daycare kids and horrible parenting. Those comments will be more fun to respond to anyway.

And on that note, I’m out. But seriously, if you have words of wisdom when it comes to kiddos, leave it in the comments. Be nice, we’re new at this!