By Betsy Stein
A mom recently left her daughter at My Time Drop-in Child Care Center in Annapolis for a couple of hours just so she could clean her house.
“She told us that this was less expensive than hiring a maid,” says My Time owner Jody Baldwin.
Baldwin, a native of the Broadneck area and mom of four, opened the drop in child care center early this past spring after working in the childcare field for 22 years, most recently at a local gym.
“What we lack in this field is a place where moms and dads can go when they just need an hour or two to breathe,” Baldwin says. “In today’s society, it’s important for moms and dads to take time to do that.”
That’s why she opened My Time—where parents can take their kids when they just need a break. The drop-in center serves children 6 months old to 12 years and, starting this month, it will be open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. There are also dates nights two times a month that include dinner and a movie for the kids.
Parents can make reservations or just drop in anytime and leave their children for as long as they like during operating hours, Baldwin explains. All it requires is filling out an online form and registering the child on the first visit. Reservations can be made but are not necessary as the center can accommodate up to 56 children, including 9 infants.
The center has four rooms for the various ages and over 30 employees including a certified teacher for each room, Baldwin says. It is equipped with everything from cribs in the infant room to Xbox, Wii and Foosball for the older kids. On Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Crystalooneys comes and does face painting free for anyone who wants to stop by, Baldwin says. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, or kids can bring their own food—just no nuts.
So far business has been brisk. At any given time there could be anywhere from two to 12 children at the center, Baldwin says. Most families are leaving their children between three and five hours but there are a few slots available for fulltime childcare.
“We are limiting that because there are plenty of quality full time center in the area,” Baldwin says. “But nothing else that offers part time or drop in.”
For details on My Time visit the My Time website.