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Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:52 pm
by TheCousins
My wife and I taught in bush Alaska 2006-2008. We have since moved back to PA and now have a 3 year old, 1 1/2 year old and newborn. We have always planned on going back to Alaska when our kids were school age. We have recently decided that we would like push that timeline up if possible.

My question is: are there any districts out there that offer in-house childcare? We would prefer to return to the bush, but understand that the situation we are seeking is more likely in a more densely populated area.

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:11 am
by Toni McFadden
Hello Cousins,
In house child care is not something I have heard of from any of our districts, but then again, I have never asked. That would be a good question when you interview with a district. I can do some checking and get back to you.
Toni

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:54 pm
by lauren burch
Hello, Southeast Island School District is small and rural, with ten sites between 10 and 70 kids. Child care in general is skimpy and it would be challenging to get someone at a daycare to do the three kids. In home the odds go up quite a bit because the potential cost is more attractive than what someone would pay to have their one child watched. In general, I see one parent staying home a lot or working part time. employment is all about certifications in a small district. Couples often have similar certifications because....well that is the people you meet late in your teaching program I guess. But, it is a handicap in small districts. Unless one willing to work part time or one is secondary and one is elementary options in a district like ours are limited. lauren 907 828-8254 questions any time.

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:19 pm
by Bushteachers
TheCousins wrote:My wife and I taught in bush Alaska 2006-2008. We have since moved back to PA and now have a 3 year old, 1 1/2 year old and newborn. We have always planned on going back to Alaska when our kids were school age. We have recently decided that we would like push that timeline up if possible.

My question is: are there any districts out there that offer in-house childcare? We would prefer to return to the bush, but understand that the situation we are seeking is more likely in a more densely populated area.

I doubt you will find what you need. Have you thought of a nanny? We've brought one out for the last two years after having horrible time finding reliable child are.

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 3:59 pm
by schneidler
My wife and I have raised our 2 kids, now ages 5 and 9, in our village of Kasigluk. We used a combination of babysitters at their homes and babysitters who came to our home. Note that the IRS sees the latter as a nanny and you have to pay payroll taxes like social security, give them a w2, treat them as an employee in general. So anyway it can be done. In our case we had been in our village for years before we had kids, at which point we were able to find a safe, quality babysitter placement because we knew people well already. If we were brand new that would have been more of a challenge. We also paid people very generously because we didn't want them to ever turn us down. : - ) We paid $10 per hour for 1 child, and $15 per hour for both kids, so most days were over $100 when we were both working full time. Most of our sitters ended up being former students, and the other 2 were moms of our students who were young grandmas and already watching other kids (grandkids).

LKSD in Bethel has a preschool program that is specifically for the children of employees, but that only is for 36 months and up, and you have to live in Bethel. The idea of bringing a nanny with you isn't a bad idea. I remember we thought about paying our recently out of school niece to move here during the school year and watch our kids, for less $$ than we were paying anyway. But there were some perks to the babysitter route. We got to know a lot of people through that, more deeply than we would have otherwise. We contributed to the local economy, which is pretty impoverished for the most part. And we got a big tax break. If both parents work you get a credit for 20% or more of the $$ you spent on babysitting up to $3,000 per child per year. I can't remember if that applies if you have a babysitter in your own home. Anyway hope this info is helpful for someone. -pete

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:30 pm
by Bushteachers
schneidler wrote:My wife and I have raised our 2 kids, now ages 5 and 9, in our village of Kasigluk. We used a combination of babysitters at their homes and babysitters who came to our home. Note that the IRS sees the latter as a nanny and you have to pay payroll taxes like social security, give them a w2, treat them as an employee in general. So anyway it can be done. In our case we had been in our village for years before we had kids, at which point we were able to find a safe, quality babysitter placement because we knew people well already. If we were brand new that would have been more of a challenge. We also paid people very generously because we didn't want them to ever turn us down. : - ) We paid $10 per hour for 1 child, and $15 per hour for both kids, so most days were over $100 when we were both working full time. Most of our sitters ended up being former students, and the other 2 were moms of our students who were young grandmas and already watching other kids (grandkids).

LKSD in Bethel has a preschool program that is specifically for the children of employees, but that only is for 36 months and up, and you have to live in Bethel. The idea of bringing a nanny with you isn't a bad idea. I remember we thought about paying our recently out of school niece to move here during the school year and watch our kids, for less $$ than we were paying anyway. But there were some perks to the babysitter route. We got to know a lot of people through that, more deeply than we would have otherwise. We contributed to the local economy, which is pretty impoverished for the most part. And we got a big tax break. If both parents work you get a credit for 20% or more of the $$ you spent on babysitting up to $3,000 per child per year. I can't remember if that applies if you have a babysitter in your own home. Anyway hope this info is helpful for someone. -pete


You get a tax break for Childcare over a certain amount regardless of whether in home or out of home. We tried the village sitter with no luck. We even offered more money, but was quickly shut down because it would have raised the cost of Childcare for others. But our main issue was sitters never showing up on time.

The nanny route has been great. Rates are affordable, but we have to share our house. Heck, we are moving to a hub next school year and are atill bringing our nanny. Though we were tempted to go with local help, just don't think our new district would allow us to bring our kids to work.

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:58 pm
by TheCousins
When we were on the slope, 3 year old kids went to school. Is that a district thing, or statewide policy?

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:39 pm
by Bushteachers
TheCousins wrote:When we were on the slope, 3 year old kids went to school. Is that a district thing, or statewide policy?

District thing. Believe it or not a kid doesn't have to go to school until 7 years old I believe. Might want to double check that age.

Re: Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:07 am
by Johncn
Hey Cousins,

I think this thread from January might help:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1070&p=1344

It really depends on the villages in each district. Some have "Head Start" and this allows ECE age children of teaching staff to attend a Preschool program. Sometimes this is in the school itself, or other district facility. Sometimes not. Sometimes certified ECE / Preschool teachers. Sometimes not. Some years the district secures funding for a preschool program for a site using grant funds. Some years, not so much.

Hope this helps, but the links in the thread, and follow up with specific districts might provide some leads.

Good luck.

Regards,

John