The Littlest Fundraiser…

I need a reality check.  My daughter Sarah takes my grand baby Lennon to a local daycare.  She pays $160 a week for 11 week old Lennon’s care (which I understand is fairly reasonable for infant care in this area).  Daycare sure has gone up over the years.   I cannot imagine how some parents can afford to go back to work.

But that is not the topic I am checking reality on.  The shout out for a reality check comes from the fact that the daycare Lennon goes to is doing a fundraiser.  The fundraiser is ostensibly for supplies for the daycare.  Every daycare family (on behalf of their child) is asked to sell at least five $20 coupon books (from which the daycare makes $8 each).  Oh yes, Lennon is now officially fundraising at 11 weeks old.

I ask you readers of The New Forty blog – did I miss the memo on this type of activity? Do daycare facilities regularly do fundraisers now?  Is this a touch of insanity or a sign of the times?

I acknowledge that I may be out of touch with current trends in this arena, however I can’t help but feel that at 11 weeks old Lennon is too young to part of a fundraising effort.  I do believe Lennon is likely the littlest fundraiser in town at this point.

Yes, I will buy at least one of the coupon books because that is what we do in our family – we support each others’ efforts; but, please tell me readers – is the reality of today, daycare fundraising?  It seems to me that the daycare would be better off just charging each family an annual supply fee if they cannot absorb the costs of the supplies into the $16o a week they charge.  But then again, that assumes that each child/family would only sell the required five and as I understand it there is a prize for the child/family who sells the most books.  Oh yes, nothing like bumping up the competitive stakes for Lennon and his parents – do people seek to teach kids these lessons earlier and earlier as well?  I just don’t know about this practice…it certainly isn’t the reality that I would choose.

One thousand one hundred and fifty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

4 Responses

  1. Mary

    Wow! I don’t agree with that type of fundraising.
    When my two boys were in daycare full-time during the summer it was about $1,100 per month, plus a supply fee, plus sunscreen, plus travel to/from swimming lessons. Daycare is a premium and very hard to find.

  2. PrairieWoman

    I know several toddler fundraiser from different daycares. I think it depends on what type of daycare the child is attending. I would think that private daycares would not be allowed to do fundraisers. However, the ones with nonprofit status probably can — and probably need to. My grandkids went to two different daycares and never brought home fundraisers. My daughter’s friend’s son at one years old on the other hand did. I don’t think they should be doing it. I think it’s a sign to the ND gov’t to put some of that surplus money into daycare. It’s a complicated issue. Last year, my nephew who was five then was doing fundraisers for his Kindergarten class, and I just received a message he is doing it again in first grade.

  3. Paul Overby

    We don’t need more government money in day care. We need businesses to pay higher wages or offer working moms more flexibility. Day care is often a lifestyle choice, not a requirement. Low-income and single parents have a different challenge. To subsidize day care with tax dollars is to actually subsidize businesses by allow a larger available workforce at lower pay.

  4. Sheri

    I HATE that everyone thinks that is the way to raise money now. My kids would have 3 or 4 fundraisers every year for various things. And it’s not like you can just give them the money – rather than buy a bunch of ‘stuff’ that you don’t need or want. I would rather pay a bit more in fees for things than to always have to be going to the same people all of the time trying to get them to buy things. And – as clearly evidenced by your post – the parents are certainly the ones doing the selling – not the kids. I was SO happy when my children graduated from High School and we could STOP with the fundraisers!

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