Babysitters in Sacramento

Sacramento, the sixth and current capital of California, first came to prominence as a major distribution center during the famed California Gold Rush. Most of the gold is still in them thar hills, but Sacramento has moved on to collecting nicknames. Known variously as: Sac, Sacto, River City, Sack-a-tomatoes, Sac City, Camellia City and Cap City, Sacramento lies in the delta country at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, in the heart of the Central Valley. Culturally diverse, this city of nearly half-a-million is emerging on the world stage. Here are some babysitting sources to check out in the city.

Top 5 Colleges – Find Sitters

Sacramento State – One of every 26 residents of Sacramento is a graduate of the California State University at Sacramento, but everyone just calls it “Sac State”. The school offers 58 majors and is home to Hercules (Herky the Hornet) Hornet, born in 1947, the same year the school was founded.

Sacramento City - “Sacramento City College seeks to create a learning community that celebrates diversity, nurtures personal growth, and inspires academic and economic leadership”. There are now 22,000 Panthers in a school that dates back to 1916.

American River College – ARC’s history dates to 1942, when it was known as Grant Union Junior College, and the facility trained civilian personnel during WWII. American River now serves 38,000 students.

UC-Davis – Just to the east of Sacramento lies UC-Davis, a leading research university. The Aggies participate in hundreds of programs, though, viticulture may be the best-known. The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts is located on campus and draws world-class performers ranging from the San Francisco Orchestra to Ricky Skaggs.

University of the Pacific – UoP is not really on the ocean, but the city of Stockton is one of the nation’s greatest inland ports, serving the entire Central Valley and Sacramento Delta. There are almost 7,000 Tigers in this school that was founded by Methodists in 1851.

Top 5 High Schools – Find Sitters

St. Francis – St. Francis is an all-girls Catholic college prep institution and has been providing outstanding education since 1940. The school is “dedicated to serving young women and their families, who seek spiritual growth and academic excellence”.

C.K. McClatchy – Joan Didion went to McClatchy, and so did Chino Moreno and Abe Cunningham of the Deftones. The school was established in 1937 under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, one of FDR’s New Deal programs.

John F. Kennedy – The Cougars of JFK have been around since 1967, and now more than 2,000 attend the school each year. Notable alumni include intellectual Cornel West and Gift of Gab (Tim Parker), who is half of the hip-hop duo Blackalicious.

Foothill – FHS is a diverse school situated in the suburbs of Sacramento. Part of the Grant union School District, Foothill serves over 1500 students.

Sacramento Charter – SCHS was chartered in 2003, and occupies the property that once housed Sacramento High School, the second oldest high school west of the Mississippi.