Parents are paying $15 to $20 an hour for nannies with teaching degrees, reports the Chicago Tribune. Some of the new nannies were laid off after years in the classroom. Others are new graduates who’ve discovered schools aren’t hiring.
After more than 30 years as a special-education teacher in the Chicago area, Olivia Romine was laid off in June.
After unsuccessfully applying for teaching positions at school districts in the fall, Romine, 55, recently posted a profile on child-care job sites, including care.com and sittercity.com. She holds a master’s degree in administrative education.
“I’m not going to get a public school job because I’m too old and I’m too expensive,” she said. “I went into teaching to help kids, so either way — if I’m a nanny, tutor, baby sitter, au pair, whatever — I still feel like I’m helping the kids.”
Only one third to one quarter of Illinois State University education graduates finds a teaching job these days. The rest are encouraged to apply for related jobs, such as day-care provider, and hope for better times.
Sarah Simanskey opened a home day-care center while finishing her master’s degree in education at DePaul University.
Pregnant as she searched for jobs after graduation, Simanskey quickly realized that if she went back to work, she would pay more for her child’s day care than she would earn as a teacher, she said.
She charges $320 to $350 a week for children who attend full time; $85 to $90 a day for part time.
. . . “I’m just teaching in a different way,” she said.
Even in hard times, two-paycheck parents are willing to spend a great deal of money for child care. After all, even mediocre care is expensive.