Childcare and daycare

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Some refugee and immigrant parents have never had someone else take care of their children. But in the USA, you may have to use childcare while you work. This can be hard for parents. Learn about childcare choices and how to find the best childcare for you and your child.

Some refugee and immigrant parents have never had someone else take care of their children. But in the USA, you may have to use childcare while you work. This can be hard for parents. Learn about childcare choices and how to find the best childcare for you and your child.

Many refugee and immigrant mothers have never worked outside of the home or used childcare. Es tsis txhob, lawv thawj lub luag hauj lwm lawm mus saib xyuas ntawm lawv cov me nyuam thiab lawv cov tsev. Nyob rau hauv lub teb chaws USA, cov poj niam thiab cov txiv neej ob leeg ua haujlwm sab nraum ntawm lub tsev. To have enough money, you will probably have to have to work outside of your home, tshwj xeeb tshaj yog yog hais tias koj ib tug niam tsev neeg.

Many refugee and immigrant mothers have never worked outside of the home or used childcare. Instead, their primary responsibility has been to take care of their children and their home. In the USA, women and men both work outside of the home. To have enough money, you will probably have to have to work outside of your home, especially if you are a single parent household.

Sending your children to daycare can be sad or confusing. Here is some information to help you understand the different types of childcare in the USA. By learning about different types of childcare and how to find good childcare, you may feel happier about sending your children to daycare.

Sending your children to daycare can be sad or confusing. Here is some information to help you understand the different types of childcare in the USA. By learning about different types of childcare and how to find good childcare, you may feel happier about sending your children to daycare.

Can I manage without childcare?

Can I manage without childcare?

You may find it possible to manage with professional paid childcare.

You may find it possible to manage with professional paid childcare.

Sharing care with your spouse

Sharing care with your spouse

Yog hais tias koj sib yuav lawm, koj thiab koj tus txiv yuav tsum tau mus ua hauj lwm txawv sij hawm thiaj li hais tias koj tsis muaj rau koj xa koj cov me nyuam rau chaw zov me nyuam. Qhov no yuav txuag nyiaj rau koj tiam sis nws kuj txhais tau tias tej zaum koj yuav tsis pom txhua lwm yam heev npaum li cas. Nyob ntawm seb uas lub teb chaws koj yog los ntawm thiab koj kev cai tom qab, qhov no yuav kuj yuav nyuaj rau cov txiv neej cov neeg tawg rog uas tsis yog siv rau kev saib xyuas rau lawv cov me nyuam nyob rau hauv tsev.

If you are married, you and your husband may be able to work different hours so that you do not have to send your children to daycare. This can save you money but it also means you might not see each other very much. Depending on which country you are from and your cultural background, this can also be hard for male refugees who are not used to caring for their children at home.

Sharing care with other families

Sharing care with other families

Tej zaum koj yuav tau mus nrhiav lwm tus niam txiv uas yuav “sib puav” cov me nyuam nrog koj. Qhov no txhais tau tias koj yuav saib lawv cov me nyuam ib hnub thiab lawv yuav saib koj cov me nyuam ib hnub. This is a good idea if you have family, neighbors, or friends who have children close in age to your children.

You may be able to find another parent who will “swap” children with you. This means you will watch their children one day and they will watch your children one day. This is a good idea if you have family, neighbors, or friends who have children close in age to your children.

Paid childcare

Paid childcare

chaw zov me nyuam

Daycare

“chaw zov me nyuam” txhais tau hais tias txhua txhua hnub saib xyuas ntawm koj cov me nyuam los ntawm ib tug neeg uas tsis yog koj, feem ntau nyob sab nraum ntawm koj tus kheej lub tsev. Muaj ntau hom kev daycares. Ib tug kev xaiv yog ib qho nyob rau hauv-lub tsev zov me nyuam. Qhov no txhais tau tias koj xa koj tus menyuam mus muaj lwm tus neeg lub tsev uas ua si cov me nyuam. Another is a daycare center. They are not in a private home, and they have more children at them.

“Daycare” means the daily care of your children by someone other than you, typically outside of your own home. There are different types of daycares. One option is an in-home daycare. This means you send your child to somebody else’s home who watches the kids. Another is a daycare center. They are not in a private home, and they have more children at them.

Feem ntau cov daycares kom koj yuav tsum sau npe thiab them txhua hli. Ib txhia lub zos muaj poob-nyob rau hauv hnub mob siab qhov twg koj yuav coj koj cov me nyuam cia li ib ob peb teev.

Most daycares require you to register and to pay monthly. Some cities have drop-in day cares where you can bring your children for just a few hours.

State governments license in-home daycares and daycare centers. This means they check if the daycare is safe or not. The state also makes rules for daycares to follow. We recommend you choose a daycare that is licensed. Feem ntau cov xeev kuj muaj cov kev pab cuam los pab koj nrhiav tau ib tug chaw zov me nyuam nyob rau hauv cheeb tsam koj nyob.

State governments license in-home daycares and daycare centers. This means they check if the daycare is safe or not. The state also makes rules for daycares to follow. We recommend you choose a daycare that is licensed. Most states also have programs to help you find a daycare in your area.

To find licensed daycare in your community, search on the internet. Type in the wordslicensed daycare in [name of your city]”

To find licensed daycare in your community, search on the internet. Type in the words “licensed daycare in [name of your city]”

Babysitters

Babysitters

Ib tug neeg zov me nyuam yog ib tug neeg uas koj them rau koj cov me nyuam saib. Feem ntau cov babysitters yuav tuaj rau koj lub tsev. Tej zaum cov hluas yuav babysit. Tsuas siv babysitters koj paub thiab ntseeg los yog cov uas tau raug pom zoo los ntawm cov neeg uas koj paub thiab ntseeg. Koj yuav tsum nug koj tus neeg zov me nyuam mus coj ib tug CPR thiab First Aid chav kawm ntawv.

A babysitter is an individual whom you pay to watch your children. Most babysitters will come to your house. Sometimes teenagers will babysit. Only use babysitters you know and trust or who have been recommended by people you know and trust. You should ask your babysitter to take a CPR and First Aid class.

Free and low-cost professional childcare

Free and low-cost professional childcare

preschool

Preschool

Koj yuav xa koj cov me nyuam rau preschool thaum lawv yog hais txog ob xyoos. Preschools pab npaj cov me nyuam rau lub tsev kawm ntawv. Lub US muaj ib lub teb chaws qhov kev pab cuam, hu ua HeadStart, uas muaj free preschool rau tsev neeg txom nyem. Koj yuav nrhiav tau ib tug HeadStart kev pab cuam nyob ze koj los ntawm kev tshawb nrhiav hauv HeadStart locator.

You can send your children to preschool when they are about two years old. Preschools help prepare kids for school. The US has a national program, called HeadStart, which offers free preschool for low-income families. You can find a HeadStart program near you by searching the HeadStart locator.

Summer camps

Summer camps

Thaum lub sij hawm lub caij ntuj sov, you may be able to find day camps to send your child to. Nyob rau hauv lub teb chaws USA, camps do not actually mean camping. Children go for the day and usually focus on a particular activity. Piv txwv li, koj yuav nrhiav tau cov kev ua si camps, kos duab camps, ua yeeb yam camps, thiab lwm yam. Almost all day camps will offer reduced fees for low-income families. Ask at the school or community center about summer camps.

During the summer, you may be able to find day camps to send your child to. In the USA, camps do not actually mean camping. Children go for the day and usually focus on a particular activity. For example, you can find sports camps, art camps, drama camps, etc. Almost all day camps will offer reduced fees for low-income families. Ask at the school or community center about summer camps.

As well as day camps, there are residential camps, where children go and stay for a week. These are likely to be for sports for other outside experiences. Some are for studying – for example for learning computer skills. Many summer residential camps also offer reduced fees for low-income families.

As well as day camps, there are residential camps, where children go and stay for a week. These are likely to be for sports for other outside experiences. Some are for studying – for example for learning computer skills. Many summer residential camps also offer reduced fees for low-income families.

Tom qab-tsev kawm ntawv cov kev pab cuam

After-school programs

Yog hais tias koj xav tau chaw zov me nyuam ua ntej thiab tom qab tsev kawm ntawv, koj yuav tsum tau saib mus rau hauv tom qab-tsev kawm ntawv cov kev pab cuam. Cov kev pab cuam yuav pab tau koj tus me nyuam kho mus rau lawv tsev kawm ntawv tshiab, ua phooj ywg, thiab tau txais kev pab nrog homework. Ntau lub tsev kawm yuav muaj tsawg-nqi los yog dawb tom qab-tsev kawm ntawv cov kev pab cuam rau cov me nyuam. Muaj tej zaum txawm yuav tej txoj kev kawm cia li rau neeg tawg rog cov tub ntxhais hluas.

If you need childcare before and after school, you should look into after-school programs. These programs will help your children adjust to their new schools, make friends, and get help with homework. Many schools will offer low-cost or free after-school programs for kids. There might even be specific programs just for refugee youth.

Ask at your child’s school to see if they know of any after-school programs that would be good for your child. The Boys and Girls Club has clubs all over the USA. The YWCA has after-school programs and also offers childcare and Headstart programs. Koj yuav nrhiav tau YWCAs thiab Boys and Girls Clubs nyob ze ntawm koj.

Ask at your child’s school to see if they know of any after-school programs that would be good for your child. The Boys and Girls Club has clubs all over the USA. The YWCA has after-school programs and also offers childcare and Headstart programs. You can find YWCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs near you.

You can also search for a local organization in FindHello. Xaiv tau koj cov lus, then choose your city. Then select “Children & Teens.” If there is nothing listed for your community, search on the internet.

You can also search for a local organization in FindHello. Choose your language, then choose your city. Then select “Children & Teens.” If there is nothing listed for your community, search on the internet.

To find after-school programs in your community, search on the internet. Type in the wordsafter school clubs in [name of your city]”

To find after-school programs in your community, search on the internet. Type in the words “after school clubs in [name of your city]”

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