« on: April 23, 2005, 05:25:35 AM »
I'm a single parent also, and for a while was also overwhelmed with fear. But in this process of visiting schools I've also met lots of other single parents and the unknown isn't quite as scary anymore.
I'm trying to go for full-time, because it will coordinate better with day-care and school for my daughters, and reduce my time away from them. If I go part-time at Stetson I will probably work part-time and increase my student loans to accomodate. I am still working out all the scenarios and having a REALLY hard time making a decision.
IMO, being a single parent makes an already tremendous challenge even more so, but I am still convinced I can do it.
As far as day-care goes, start researching your options now. I have contacted child care facilities in every city I am considering, and have put my child on a waiting list when possible. Google the name of your city + "child care resource and referral". Most counties have a child care resource and referral, and they can tell if there is a child care on campus, or what most students use. They might also be able to tell you if there is any assistance available. Also, if you go to the web site of the state government, there is usually a link for child care information with information on finding providers.