Thinking of "Going Home"

Updated on September 15, 2009
T.D. asks from Dothan, AL
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Need advice! I am praying first and foremost but Id like feedback from you all.
I hate being away from home40 hrs a week. I really love to be here and doing homemaker type stuff. In my previous post I said that we cannot live on 1 income, but what if I keep children at home. Just on a small under the radar level, enough to offset my lack of income. I figure if I take my child out of daycare and keep 4 or 5 more I would make my salary, be at home more, spend more time with my own family, and help out a few friends.
I even did the math....I take home a modest 1300 each month, then I spend 320 on daycare. If I keep 5 kids at $65 a week equals my $1300. subtract the cost to feed them 2 meals and a snack and I'm about in the same position.
I don't want to do this on some big scale that would require licensing, just help a few people I know and trust who are struggling under the expense of FT childcare costs. I know at least two other women who started in-home child care for the same reason, and became relatively good business women.
Soooo what do you think?

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answers from Alexandria on

good thinking. I thought about doing that also, but with me being in school I wouldn't be able to do it 5 days a week. I could only do it 3. if you haven't started it yet, you should. its nice to know that there are people are out that are still willing to help people in this economy.

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answers from Tulsa on

I have been working from home now for nearly 4 years and it is sooooo worth it. I have been able to quit my job and stay home with my 4 kiddos - and we're even starting to build our dream home!

I can help you. PLEASE, visit my websites and read and then REQUEST INFO and I will personally call you and we'll line up an appointment time to get you ALL the details about what my team does - and then you can decide if it would work for your family.

But my heart does feel for you! It is such a small amount of time that we get to be with our little ones and I imagine that your heart must desperately want to be there for I am.

My websites are and

Blessings to you!!!



answers from Lawton on

In OK you can only watch two children that are not your own without getting a state daycare license.



answers from Oklahoma City on

I have had a home daycare in Oklahoma for almost 11 years. I think that you have to get a license if you watch any child that is not yours on a full time basis.



answers from Dothan on

Below is the link for min req. of In home care in Alabama.

It is lengthy put was just updated with AL DHR. Best to you and your family.



answers from Little Rock on

Hey, I just noticed you were in Alabama and I'm editing my post. Maybe someone in Arkansas is looking at this same opportunity and this info. may help.

I have been contemplating something similiar. My daughter is one and I would like to stay at home with her next year until she goes to school.

Below is some information about the types of Childcare Programs in Arkansas and here is a link to the state licensing and accreditation guides:

Unlicensed Homes - The “Child Care Licensing Act” 20-78-202” of 1969 exempts any situation, arrangement, or agreement by which one (1) or more persons care for fewer than six (6) children.

Incentives: Not eligible for any Division incentives.

Voluntary Registered Child Care Family Homes - These homes are regulated by the “Registered Child Care Family Homes”, PUB-003. These homes are registered to care for 5 or fewer children. These homes receive periodic unannounced monitors.

Incentives: These homes are eligible to participate in state and federally funded programs.

Licensed Homes - These homes are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Family Homes”, PUB-001. The Child Care Licensing Act requires a license for any home situation, arrangement, or agreement by which one (1) or more persons care for six (6) or more children from more than one (1) family at a time(this includes the caregivers own preschool children). A caregiver may choose keep up to 16 children, depending on the ages of children in care and the number of caregivers present. Health and fire department approvals are required if care is provided to 11 or more children. City zoning approval is required were applicable. Licensed home care may be provided in the licensee’s own home or another home like setting. Licensed homes receive periodic unannounced monitor visits.

Incentives: These homes are eligible to participate in many of the state and federally funded programs.

Licensed Child Care Centers - These facilities are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers”, PUB-002. The Child Care Licensing Act requires that facilities providing care to 6 or more children from more than one (1) family obtain a license (programs operating less than ten (10) hours a week are exempt). These facilities require health and fire department approval and are subject to city zoning.

Incentives: These homes are eligible to participate in many of the state and federally funded programs.

Arkansas Quality Accreditation Program - In 1993, the Arkansas Legislature enacted a law allowing an opportunity for recognition of child care facilities demonstrating a higher quality of child care. These facilities are regulated by The Arkansas Child Care Approval System. To participate, facilities must hold a license in good standing. These facilities are monitored yearly by a trained early childhood professional.

Incentives: Accreditation is a very powerful program-improvement tool. It gives recognition for high quality care given to children. Accreditation status is on the Division’s website for access to parents and the public. Accredited programs are eligible to apply for a Quality Approval grant. Grant amounts range from $600 to $1200 depending upon the size of the program. Parents may be qualified for a 20% refundable income tax credit on their state income taxes.

Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) - These programs are regulated by the Arkansas Department of Education rules governing the Arkansas Better Chance Programs. Both licensed homes and centers are eligible for ABC funding. Programs must be located in Arkansas and have no founded complaints within the past 12 months that pose an immediate safety risk. Facilities can have no outstanding debt to the Division or to the Department of Education. The facilities must provide matching funds of 40:60. Agencies receiving ABC funding are monitored on a yearly basis.

Incentives: These programs can receive state funds that cover 60% for the core components of the program as determined by the Core Quality Model.

I hope this information is helpful.




answers from Tulsa on

Hi T., are you in broken arrow? if so let me know if you do this and I'd love to talk to some of your references. I'm currently seeking in-home care for my 5-month old son. thanks



answers from Fayetteville on

I think it's a great idea! If I were you I'd check into ALL of the laws in your state and federally - not only about daycare issues, but what if a child is hurt while in your home? Is there some simple contract that is fair to everyone that you can find online that will protect you? You say you trust the mothers, but things might change if there is a serious injury.

But such things aside, a lot of moms want someone they know personally to watch their child, and they like it that you only have a few kids under your watch than like 12.

Good luck!



answers from Oklahoma City on

I say go for it! I did it for about 5 years and it was great! I don't currently "babysit" but I did quit my $14/hour job to "babysit" 4 kids in my home. I don't know the laws in your state but I know in OK you have to be licensed so I was advised to call it babysitting for friends. I found parents really wanted the "home" day care experience over the big daycare center feel and the fact I only wanted to watch 4 at a time parents really liked that. At times I had a waiting list. I could have watched a few more but it was the perfect number and I was making plenty of money. I watched friends children or took 'referrals only' from friends. I charged $25/day = $125 week per child and would feed them lunch + a snack. I saved a ton because I didn't have the usual work expenses like gas, lunch, work clothes, daycare, etc. It was awesome and my child had someone to play with everyday! I did notify my insurance agent that I was babysitting in my home but my homeowners insurance rates weren't effected. Good luck!

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