Like many working parents, you probably breathed a big sigh of relief when you stopped paying daycare tuition for your preschooler. But don't put that checkbook away so quickly.
Public school is in session until about 2:30 or 3 p.m. Unless your work schedule coincides with school hours, you will need a childcare solution to bridge the time gap.
If you have a neighbor or relative willing to care for your child until you get home from work, wonderful! If you don't, there are several options that vary in cost and activities:
Would you like the program to be highly or loosely structured? An afterschool care facility that allows children independent play for three hours is different from one that allocates time for homework, tutoring, or lessons.
Consider the personality of your child. Some children need more stimulation, while others may be tired at the end of the school day and prefer a slower-paced curriculum.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care licensing site has a search feature that allows you to locate options. Fill in your city and click "School Age Care."
Some questions you might ask when investigating afterschool care options:
Chances are you're already familiar with hunting for care if your child spent his or her preschool days in daycare. At least this time you don't have to worry about diapers!