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Tipsheet: Finding a Babysitter
 
BY SARA CARDACE
 

Rather than going to an agency, many parents feel more comfortable hiring someone who already knows their child—or at least a sitter who comes highly recommended. You know the right people are out there. But where?

>> Your Child's School. Teaching assistants and coaches are a good bet, as are counselors at summer camp. They’re likely to have an established rapport with your child, and be able to stimulate and discipline her better than a stranger would.

>> Local High Schools. Try calling the guidance-counseling offices at local high schools to see if they maintain lists of responsible teenagers looking for after-school work.

>> City Colleges. Most post job listings for their students. If your child is interested in music, consider posting an ad at Juilliard or the Manhattan School of Music. Arts-oriented kids might enjoy spending time with undergrads from Parsons or the School of Visual Arts.

>> International Organizations. There’s no shortage in New York. If you’d like to expose your child to a little global culture, try calling the French Consulate for a referral. Or check out the classified sections in specialized local newspapers like the Irish Echo or the Polish Nowy Dziennik.

>> Places Of Worship. Priests, rabbis, and other religious leaders have a good working knowledge of their communities, and may be able to point you in the right direction.

 
     
 
From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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