Single mom’s have a lot of challenges and sometimes a regular 9-5 job is not the right option. As a single mom myself, I know the most important thing to me was being home when my children were. You just can’t do that with a regular job. Elementary school generally has children walking in the front door at about 3 or 4 oclock in the afternoon. Since most elementary students are too young to be alone without some form of child care, this can pose a problem. Especially for single mom’s with more than one child. Daycare costs can run $100 per child per week. I don’t know about you, but I never had an extra $800 per month laying around when my children were younger. So, what’s the answer? CNA training can provide you with a flexible career with hours that will work well with your children’s school schedule.
CNA Training for the Single Mom
After completing my CNA training, I was immediately placed in an adult center for developmentally disabled. Since these individuals required 24 hour care and direct supervision, there were several shifts to choose from. For my situation, the 7 am – 3 pm shift was perfect. It’s much less expensive to use daycare in the morning before school than it is to use daycare services after school. In my situation, we only needed before school care for 30 minutes per day. When school was over, I was just getting off of my CNA shift. By the time I arrived home, my children were getting off the bus. With a regular 9-5 job, I could have never made ends meet. For me, CNA training was a lifesaver.
If you’re a single mom thinking about CNA training and a new career in the field of health care, here’s a few tips to help you get started.
Paying for CNA Training With a Grant
If you are currently receiving aide in the form of Food Stamps, WIC coupons, of medicaid, you may qualify for a full grant which would pay for your CNA training. Check with your local college admissions office. Generally, if you are looking to improve your financial situation to the degree that you would receive less assistance from the government or state services, you would qualify for education assistance, including CNA training.
Other Methods of Funding CNA Training
If you don’t qualify for free CNA training through a grant, you may qualify for other funding that can offset the price. Places to look for scholarships or grants include Single Mom’s Centers in your county and the local Red Cross. You’ll also want to contact the hospitals in your area as they often provide free CNA training in exchange for your 1 or 2 year commitment to work exclusively for them.
Once your funding is secured, find out if the CNA training classes you’ll be taking offer job placement. If not, you’ll want to start looking for employment as soon as you are enrolled in the classes. This shows a proactive attitude on your part and will give you at least 4-6 weeks (depending on the length of your CNA training class) to find employment. It will also give you some extra time to find employment that will work with your children’s schedule as a single mom. If you wait until you graduate, you’ll be competing with other single mom’s for the same position.
CNA training can be a game changer in the quality of life you enjoy and the amount of time you spend with your children.
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