This Cloth-Diaper-Friendly Daycare Directory is part of a larger project to facilitate the use of cloth diapers in daycares, being conducted jointly by the Real Diaper Association and the Real Diaper Industry Association. The goal of this directory is to provide parents with a resource for locating providers who use or allow cloth diapers. Below is more information about the overall project.
CLOTH DIAPERS IN DAYCARE
From the first day Real Diaper Association opened their doors in 2004, they have had parents asking for help related to using cloth diapers in daycare. After much planning and a year-long survey, Real Diaper Association proposed to Real Diaper Industry Association, the cloth diaper industry trade association, a joint project to facilitate the acceptance and use of cloth diapers in the daycare setting. Based on a cost-benefit analysis of our various options, we decided to move forward in two main areas.
Guide parents to find or convince a daycare to use cloth diapers.
• To help them find a daycare to accept cloth, we created this cloth diaper-friendly daycare directory. Parents will contribute data to this directory, and it will be available for others to search for daycares in their area.
• In lieu of finding an already-cloth-diaper-friendly setting, we have also produced a “tip sheet” to guide parents in how to ensure a caretakers’ acceptance and use of cloth diapers for a child in their care.
Educating daycare facilities about cloth diapers.
• Using input from facilities already using cloth diapers extensively, as well as knowledge about local daycare provider licensing requirements, we will create materials for distribution in two ways.
o First, we will attempt to “soften the market” by using a mailing list to reach some of the largest providers.
o Second, we will make the materials available for printing and use by motivated “salespeople” – parents who are searching for daycare for their baby.
• As part of this area, we’ll also examine existing relationships between daycare facilities and diaper services to produce a useful model to help more diaper services pursue these relationships in their communities.
Although we attempt to verify the accuracy of the information in this directory, we cannot guarantee it is correct. The data here is provided for informational purposes only.