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Have Kids? You Need Cribsters!

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I have another amazing web site to share with you today. I first heard about it over the summer, and I’ve been sharing it with everyone near me that will listen.

My friends.

The other moms at the bus stop.

The lady that bagged my groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Even Steven has even asked me to please STOP TALKING about it.

Even Steven

But I can’t. Because this web site solves a huge problem for parents.

And it’s free!

Let me explain…

Nearly three years ago, I quit my job to stay home with my kids. Miles had just turned 3 and was used to a daycare environment.

So when he started staying home with me all day, every day – he wasn’t so impressed.

Cleaning the House My Life and Kids

Especially when we spent so much of our time cleaning the house together.

Where were the teachers? And the structured learning activities? And his pants?

After about a month at home, I started looking for a preschool program for Miles. I began my search online. And while I was able to find several options that were near our house, their web sites didn’t tell me what I really wanted to know.

Like – how many kids come home with bite marks on their arms each day? And how often do they have lice outbreaks? And are any of the teachers officially on crack?

You know – the important stuff…

So I sent mass emails to my friends asking for their recommendations, thoughts and opinions on my top preschool choices. I scheduled tours. I met with teachers. And after weeks of research, I made my choice.

This entire process made it clear that most of my friends had a similarly frustrating experience when searching for a child care program for their kids.

And this is where the amazing, free web site comes in.

It’s called Cribsters and it will change how you find preschool, daycare, child care and summer programs for your kids.


I Love Cribsters and I think You Will Too

Introducing Cribsters

With over 175,000 listings covering 20 states, Cribsters is the nation’s largest directory of licensed daycare, pre-school and summer camp providers.

It’s a one-stop shop that lists all of the daycares, preschools, summer programs and licensed child care providers in your area – and gives parents an opportunity to review them.

You’ll find reviews that rave about programs and teachers. As well as reviews that let you know when a teacher is just there for a paycheck. Or that the staff doesn’t apply sunscreen before recess.

Little bits of information like this can go a long way in helping you make your child care decisions.

And here’s another cool thing: Cribsters wants to reward you for leaving a child care review.

Review your child care providers at and earn amazon gift cards

For every single review you write at in the next 10 days (between now and Monday, September 30th), Cribsters will give you a $5 Amazon gift card.

Yes – you read that correctly – a $5 Amazon gift card for every single childcare review you write on their site in the next 10 days.

So – for example – I hopped online and reviewed all six childcare programs that we’ve used. (That includes one daycare, three preschools and two summer camps). If I were doing it as part of this program, I would have earned $30 in Amazon gift cards.

If I had left 10 reviews, I would earn $50 in Amazon gift cards.

Are you impressed with my amazing math skills?

How to Participate

It’s simple to review your child care providers at Cribsters and earn $5 for every single review you write!

1. Visit

2. Login on the right hand side using the social media account of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or Google)

3. Click on Find Childcare and enter your zip code to find programs in your area.

4. Click on one of the child care providers you’ve used and then click Submit a Review to leave your review.

5. Enter MLAK in the Organization field to let them know that I sent you and to earn your $5 Amazon Gift Card.

If the program you’d like to review isn’t already in their system, you can choose the option to add the center to their listing.

Simple, right?

While You’re There – Get Great Resources

While you’re there, be sure to take a look around their site and take advantage of their great resources!

Cribsters has great resources

In addition to finding child care and reading and writing reviews – their blog is full of articles that parents can relate to. And their resources section is full of great tips on important things. Like…

How to claim child care and child tax credits

10 Tips for Teaching Good Saving Habits for Kids

and 5 Time-Saving Tips for Breast Pumping Moms

Remember this Site!

Don’t forget to bookmark or pin Cribsters so you’ll know exactly where to go next time you need to find child care (or get the real deal on a program you’re considering.)

And if you’re on Pinterest, you’ll want to follow Cribsters there too. Their boards are full of tips and tricks for busy moms like us!

Follow Cribsters on Pinterest

So head on over to Cribsters to make yourself some Amazon cash.

And leave a comment letting me know how Cribsters could have made your life easier the last time you were searching for child care providers in your area!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions – and obsessions with web sites that make my life easier – are my own.


  1. Janine Huldie

    September 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Love Cribsters and just left a review of my kids pre-school in the summer. They really are the best place for all pre-school information all in one place. So,I couldn’t agree with you more here! 🙂

  2. Andrea

    September 20, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I have been “looking into” preschools and daycare for my kids. Which translates into thinking about it, but getting completely overwhelmed by all the options. So excited to check out this website!!

  3. thedoseofreality

    September 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Looks fantastic and will no doubt be helpful to moms everywhere! Now, the burning question I have: Will they allow me to put “pants optional” in the search box! ;)-Ashley

  4. A Pleasant House

    September 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Jeezzzz. Where was Cribsters when I needed them? That’s progress!!!

  5. Meredith

    September 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Anna, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Melanie

    September 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    This is a great website! Sadly none of the schools in my area have reveiws =( I left a couple of reviews at places we have used in the past. How does the gc work? Will it be emailed?

  7. Ashlee

    September 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    What an awesome website. This is the kind of thing I was looking for when I needed to enroll my son in daycare.

    I tried submitting reviews, but there aren’t any daycares listed in my area.

  8. Noa

    September 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Hi Melanie,
    Thanks for the reviews! We will email the gift card in the next day or so. Just need to go through and add all of the reviews.

  9. Noa

    September 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Hi Ashlee,
    You can request to add centers if you would like to participate in the giveaway. Here is the link –

  10. JD @ Honest Mom

    September 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    What a great idea! I left two reviews. I am very enthusiastic about our child-care services and I hope Cribsters helps others find them!

  11. Suzanne

    September 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks! I just started reviewing providers in my area. With three kids, we have used a lot of different daycares, preschools and schools. I’m excited to get my gift card, and I hope that the info is helpful to other parents.

  12. Lyndsey Prentice

    September 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome! I left a review for our preschool. How does the $5 Amazon giftcard work? Should we expect emails from with the card info? Thanks for recommendation, finding daycare/preschools is pretty sucky.

  13. Jayme

    February 3, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Bummer, Alaska isn’t a state option. I’ll have to check elsewhere.

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