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Chapter 12. Child Care: Life on the High Wire > Tot Drops and Mother's Day Out

Tot Drops and Mother's Day Out

A tot drop is just as it sounds—a place where you can drop your child off for a few hours at a time. Most tot drops are located in churches, synagogues, community organizations, and sometimes nursery schools. Unlike a day care center, a tot drop operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. A tot drop works well if you occasionally need to drop your child off for two or three hours, but it doesn't work if you need a place on a regular basis. Tot drops are typically staffed by volunteers and college or high school students and supervised by one on-staff person.

Mother's Day Out is also a group placement at a church, synagogue, or community center for a few hours each week. However, Mother's Day Out is different than a tot drop in that you usually need to commit or register your child for a semester or session.


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