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Website for Bananas: www.bananasinc.org
5232 Claremont Ave. 658-7101
M-Th 9:30a-4:30p, Tu 7p-9p, F 9:30a-1p
Bananas is a non-profit child-care referral agency for Alameda County residents. Besides
referrals for all types of child care, they also offer classes for parents and a monthly
Click here for BPN reviews of Bananas
Offices in Richmond, Concord, Antioch and Brentwood (Main Office: 925-676-5442)
Contra Costa Child Care Council is the non-profit child-care referral
agency serving all of Contra Costa County, from El Cerrito and Kensington to Richmond to Concord to San Ramon to East County. They provide free
child care referrals as well as classes for parents, tip sheets and
newsletters, and a comprehensive website with parent resources.
I recommend the Hill papers (The Montclarion, etc.) for advertising for
a child care provider.
One ad gets into about 6 of
their locals. I got an overwhelming response. Picked one who's been with
us for over a year!
For those seeking childcare and the schedule is such that a university
student might be an appropriate provider, here's the website to list jobs for
UC Berkeley students:
/career.berkeley.edu/Employers/EmpJob.stm (updated Aug 2005)
Subject: Free Job Listing Service
This is just FYI to those of you who write in wanting to hire someone to do
childcare, housecleaning, gardening, tutoring, party help, etc. I work at
Career & Graduate School Services here on campus and we have a service where
we can post your job listing and it doesn't cost you anything. Currently
enrolled UC Berkeley and other UC campus students have access to these job
listings. You can call our Student Employment office at 642-0440 for more
information on how to post a job. They can also give you some suggestions on
what the pay rate may be for your job. I think the general rule is that you
have to at least pay minimum wage.
To Netsy & others looking for students for childcare/ tutors. We do have a
job board at the Child Study Center and I can post childcare "ads". Just
fax to me at 643-7350. Sometimes I copy the "Childcare Connection" section
up here anyway. HOWEVER, most of the students who see the ads are already
working here so don't always want more hours. I don't really know how
"successful" our board is. But we also get more students than we need coming
in looking for work. Also, in the fall a Ed. Psych class meets here and
throughout the year people come to observe.
The Daily Cal
We had a student who came to our house and took care of our son while I
worked at home. We advertised in the Daily Cal. We also considered placing
an ad through the student employment office on campus but never did. If I
were to do it again, I'd advertise in the Daily Planet. Warning: students
aren't the most reliable but they're the least expensive and it may be easier
to match their schedule to yours, especially if you live pretty near campus.
We have had really good success with hiring sitters who called us in
response to ads we've placed in the Daily Cal. The only problem you may
have with college students is that they usually don't live around here
and will go home for holidays/vacations. I wonder whether you couldn't
place an ad in high school employment offices or newspapers if you
wanted to go that route.
We now have three sitters who each work for us 10-15 hours per week and
who are all university students. Our son just loves them, and I think
that they're especially enthusiastic because playing with Alan is a
break from their studies. However, we're both graduate students, so we
don't have to have sitting at particular hours.
We have had success advertising in the DC when we needed babysitters/household
helpers. While we've hired students, many who respond to the ads are not
students. Also, students aren't always the most reliable because their school
schedules/tests/work come first. We generally time the ads to come out near
the end of the week, although we sometimes got calls a couple weeks after an
ad runs. Usually the ad has to run at least 2 days. Our ads have been very
short -- 2-3 lines, and do include the pay range.
A couple years ago I used the Daily Cal and found about four sitters
but none of them turned out well. I called multiple references and they
all got rave reviews but who are the people giving the references? I
don't know them at all or their standards. One babysitter never smiled
and I got reports from my neighbor that she was awfully curt with my kids.
Another one fell asleep in the middle of the afternoon for the entire time
I was gone. My baby was asleep in his crib but my 3-year-old was awake in
her room having quiet time for over two hours. I had specifically asked
the sitter to go get her 20 minutes after I left. I walked in the door to
find her asleep in the living room where I'd left her. Yet another
had her boyfriend over the first (and only) time she sat. My husband
and I pulled into our driveway to find him coming out of our house.
I guess we got home a little earlier than expected. These kids are
definitely in it for the money. I only use babysitters who come
recommended by people I know now.
Hi, I gave the advice a while back to place an ad in the
Daily CL for a sitter because one which seemed very
good ( wife of graduate Business student from
Argentina) told me that is how she looked for a job,
and recommended that , over Bananas, because sitters
don't have to go there to check ads regularly.
I am surprised and sorry if it did not work out for
you. I do see a lot of ads for care in there. I
guess there is high demand, and limited offer...I was
going to try myself actually, but have not done so
yet, still waiting for confirmation on a job.
Craigslist has many childcare postings for the Bay Area.
Other Places to Look
I would be very concerned about hiring anyone as a sitter for whom I
didn't have references, and who might be choosing to do this "work"
simply for the money. I would also prefer to hire someone who has
experience being with and caring for children, which some students do,
but many do not. I would therefore feel more comfortable (if I was
going to hire a student) finding them through a church, the Jewish
Community Center, or other values-oriented setting than through an
unfiltered public advertisement.
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