How much do you pay for childcare?

Amber - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 699 moms have responded )

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I am a teacher at a daycare center in illionis, and I was curious how much other moms pay for daycare?
I work with the younger children in the center and for an infant it is $135 a week/ $35 a day. The older the child is, the less the payment is. I'm lucky because employees get a discount. I was also curious on how everyone feels about their childcare provider? I'm always wondering what my kids' parents think of how we are doing.

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Tamata - posted on 09/06/2012

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Can someone please help me out !!!!!! I have a person who has a 2 month old and a three year old , she told me the 3 year old would only be sometimes and the two month old only three days a week for 6 hours aday ,,, how much do I charge????? I live in georgetown texas

Sherry - posted on 11/15/2011

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I am a childcare provider in a little rural town in Southern Illinois, I have took care of children for a living for the last 12 years. I have not raised my rates any during that time. I currently charge 15.00 a day regardless of age, for 1 child, If there are two children in the family it is 25.00 and if there are three it is 30.00. I am seriously thinking that it is time for me to up the rate a little bit. I provide meals and snacks. they come around 6 am. and get picked up around 5 pm. If weather permits we try to go to the park a few times a month. What are your thoughts?

Bethanie - posted on 11/15/2011

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Sherry, I think you are definitely under charging, I don't know anywhere locally(although I live in Ontario, Canada) that charges less than $20/day, unless it's before and after school care(which I paid $15/day for). Also, most daycares I know don't offer a reduced rate for extra children, and if they did, I think they would probably only give about two dollars less per child per day, ( more like $20 for 1 child, $38 for two, $46 for three). I would be more than willing to pay that as it would still be a break from the $800/month, approximately $35/day, that I paid to have my daughter in full time daycare. I tried two home daycares before that and one charged $25/day, the other charged $30/day. I think that it would be more than fair if you raise your rates as the cost of living is higher than when you started. I have to think that you're not left with much pay after you've paid for food and supplies, at least not enough given the rigors of taking care of young children!

Melissa - posted on 10/25/2011

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We use home daycare and she charges $15 per day ($75 weekly) which is a wonderful price. We do pay for all 5 days even if she only goes for less. I feel this is fair and very reasonable. She provides breakfast and lunch and teaches the toddlers basic skills and do crafts while the older kids are in school. My 3 year old loves to be there. I do like to take snacks and so forth for all the kids, especially if there is a holiday or special occassion. I appreciate her and try to show it...

Stacy - posted on 10/24/2011

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My daughter went to an in-home daycare for two years. The lady charged us $150 a week. We then put her in a montessori school at age 2 1/2 and we paid $280 a week! Way to much money! Now she is in preschool which costs $174 a week.

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CJ - posted on 09/06/2012

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I pay 42 dollars a day for my 3 year old and my 9 year old also 42 a day. so when it is vacation time I am paying 84 per day, ridiculous and I am upstate NY and I drop them off at 6:30 and they have to be picked up by 5pm or else.

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2011

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I am receiving government subsidy and only pay $150/month for full time for my toddler and half time for my 4 year old. I live in Ontario, Canada. The actual rates for the centre are 227/week for my toddler and $38/day for my son. The hours are drop off as early as 7am and pick up by 6pm. I usually have them there from 8-4:30 however.

Liz - posted on 10/28/2011

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We pay about $12,000 per year for our 8 month old. I have been told as he gets older it will get a little cheaper.

Erin - posted on 10/27/2011

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We live in Saskatchewan in a growing city. We take our kids to a home day care. My daughter is 2 and my son is turning 6. For fulltime for her and before and afterschool for my son we're charged $600/mo. which is a steal around here. The babysitter is amazing and my daughter loves going there. She's never cried, she'll walk straight to the door and say bye! Our babysitter is a God-send from heaven. In the end I guess we'll be spending around $7200/year for both kids plus an extra $100 here and there for when my son has school vacation to cover extra meal costs for the babysitter. She truly is amazing with the kids. It would be a great benefit to society if there were more babysitters like her around.

Kristina - posted on 10/26/2011

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I live in the East Bay, CA near Oakland and Berkeley. We pay $225 for one week of infant/toddler care.

Jaycee - posted on 10/25/2011

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my grandmother watches my little girl for $12.00 a day.. we were paying her $20.00 a day before i had to change jobs (which i make less at). so she is only charging us $12.00 a day which is nice. most daycares around us (east texas area) charge anywhere from 200 a week and up.

Tina - posted on 10/24/2011

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wow sounds like alot of you are paying big bucks for child care! I live in a small town so my rates are based on the average income earned in our area,$15 a day...$20 if it goes over 10 hours.btw I have one opening right now if anyone from South Hill va. is looking for child care,along with an excellent list of local references! message me on FB if interested :)

Christina - posted on 10/22/2011

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NC: 126/week for a 2yr old -- its cheaper as he ges older -- it was 190/week as a newborn. However this is a learning center...so Im very greatful and feel its a great cost for what my sons capabilites are. He is potty trained, has a vocab of over 100+ words/sentences, recgonizes shapes, colors, some ABC & can count to 15!!!! I think that is amazing & worth every penny. My 1st child it wasnt like that (11yrs ago) so I stayed at home with him because what I was making at the time was going straight to daycare anyway....so I stayed home until my husband got home & then went to work nights part time whike he did the night shift & enjoyed that as well.

Maesha - posted on 10/18/2011

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I used to pay $132 per week for my son and $190 for my daughter =( That was a lot of money!!!!!!! i eventually stopped working because it was pointless to pay that much for daycare. My husband is in the military, so I'm loving being a stay-at-home mommy, wife! Daycare fees are crazy!

Maesha - posted on 10/18/2011

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I used to pay $132 per week for my son and $190 for my daughter =( That was a lot of money!!!!!!! i eventually stopped working because it was pointless to pay that much for daycare. My husband is in the military, so I'm loving being a stay-at-home mommy, wife! Daycare fees are crazy!

Becky - posted on 08/19/2011

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My son is in daycare, and he is 4 and we pay $195 a week, in Wisconsin. The infant at the daycare is $225 a week. Once he turns 5 he will be $175 a week. They also do not provide meals, just 2 snacks a day, and fieldtrips are an extra cost.

Wendy - posted on 08/18/2011

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I currently pay $150 per week for home day care for my 4 yr old but centers in my area charge $225+ per week.

Devin - posted on 08/18/2011

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I pay $80 a week, to a family friend. She has two kids she stays at home with and she keeps my son from 7am to around 4pm. I'm extremely happy with her. My son listens to her and rarely disobeys, she is gentle, even tempered, patient with my son's developmental delays, and she gives me a detailed account of how their day went while I was at work all day.

DeAnne - posted on 08/16/2011

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In San Jose, CA I pay 50.00 a day $250.00 a week. $1000-1250 a month

Michelle - posted on 08/16/2011

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My daycare is $155 per week and my son is 21 months old and has been going there since he was 14 weeks old. He is there 5 days a week from 7:30 am to about 5:00 pm. He loves it and I love the 5 girls that work there. It is small which I really like. I'm going to need to find a preschool for him when he is potty trained. This is in OBX, NC.

Alizabeth - posted on 04/25/2010

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We live in Washington, DC and we pay $1500. a month for daycare. My son is a toddler and has been there for almost a year. We like it, they are one of few here that provide breakfast, lunch and a snack. Not many of the Daycares do. It was difficult to find them, daycares have huge waiting lists here in DC. We were on a waiting list for over a year when we got into this one. I was three months pregnant when we got on the list of four daycares and didn't get into one until he was eight months old. They provide a curriculum for the children even at that young age. We are very happy with them.

Joy - posted on 04/22/2010

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I had been paying just $100 a week. Now I have my work schedule so when I'm working, my son can go to his dad's or my parents.

Angelia - posted on 04/21/2010

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I work three days a week and my husband works 5 days a week so our son is always with one of us. I work night shift and my husband works morning shift. Works out great!!

Claire - posted on 04/21/2010

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I live in Leeds, UK. My son attends full time nursery ie five full days a week. I pay 715GBP a month. Not sure what this is in dollars, but it's a huge expense. We don't get any government help until he is 3 years old, when we will then get 15 hours a week paid for us. Sometimes it makes me wonder if it's worth working, but we can't afford for either of us to go part time or stop work.

It's a tough one. Can't afford to have a second child, although would love one.

Betty - posted on 04/16/2010

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I'm in Sydney, Australia and the fees are normally $400 a week or my 6 and half month old. But I get a 50% rebate so I only pay $200 instead. Here, the government encourages mum to go back to work and hence provide a childcare rebate. Which is not too bad as I'll still have plenty money left from my wages.



I love my childcare girls. They are sooooo friendly and adores my daughter. My little girl gets spoiled there as she gets all the attention. Everytime I go pick her up, there's one of the girls just holding her and when other babies goes to sleep and she doesn't want to, one of the girls would just hold her and let her sit in her lap on the computer.



They also take lots of photos and let me know all the activities and toys she enjoyed each day so I don't miss out on anything. They keep a very good record of all the feeding times and nappy change etc. I think by going to Childcare it help develop more skills very quickly as she sees what other kids are doing.

Sonya - posted on 04/15/2010

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I'm in New Caney, TX, and for my daughter, (6) for them to feed her breakfast, take her to school, pick her up from school, feed her snack, and they also help her with her homework, it's $60 a week/ $25 a day. I love them! They made her transition from staying at home with me to being a student the easiest I think it could have been. When I started working, she had no issues going with them and she had never met any of them. She loves it there, and I love the fact that she doesn't get upset that I have to leave her. If there is anyone in New Caney area looking for a daycare, let me know and I'll gladly recommend them!!!

Nade - posted on 04/15/2010

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here in sydney i pay $75 per day without the child care rebate ...cant wait until it gets appproved

Ginette - posted on 04/14/2010

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I had my oldest in child care when she was younger i was paying $15 a day.. It got to be to much for her.. So i quit my job and have stayed home with all my children.. I plan to go back to work once they are all in school.

Lynda - posted on 04/13/2010

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i live in nsw and pay about $75 a day thats why she only goes once a week for socialisation mostly with kids her own age. she has older siblings ..

Kimberly - posted on 04/13/2010

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Hello from Michigan! We pay 206.00 a week for full-time, but 57.00 a day if we only need 2 or 3 days a week. The rate does not go down until he turns 2-1/2; No matter how fast he moves up.

Besides the high cost of daycare, the area, building and teachers are great.

Tammy - posted on 04/12/2010

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I get daycare vouchers, and I pay 40 dollars a week. I know it is cheap for some people, but it is a lot for a single mom.

Danielle - posted on 04/11/2010

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I currently pay $24/day for daycare. I have to drive across town, but she takes my 13 month old daughter as early as 6am which is very nice considering I usually have to be at work at 6:30 and my husband at 7. My 7 year old son is in school but we still need some child care for him before school starts and sometimes after school. Our school district has a program called Adventure Club which will allow you to drop you kids off as early as 7 in the morning and after school as late as 6. This costs me $239/month.

Maribel - posted on 04/11/2010

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well for me thank god i dont pay because i cuallify for head start and that is program that if u are low income its free.....but of course for him to be able to be there i have to prove that i work

Martina - posted on 04/11/2010

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We had to pay 400Euro a month for nursery, thanks to self-profiling politicians nursery is completely FREE for all now in our city, in Austria tha last year before primary is free.

Jessi - posted on 04/10/2010

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I work an average of 50 plus hours a week, and i pay $30 a day for child care. That covers all 3 kids

Kathryn - posted on 04/10/2010

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Flipping through here quickly, I think I may pay the most of anyone! Yikes! I live in Chicago and pay $304/week for my 2-year old. I couldn't be happier with the place she's at, though. It's NAEYC accredited and last year they received a score of 100% on their NAEYC evaluation. The teachers all have college degrees and are absolutely wonderful with my daughter. The hours are 7am to 6pm.

Wendy - posted on 04/10/2010

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Pay 175 a week in Grand Rapids, MI and that's for 3 days a week - price goes down at age 3. It includes Spanish Imersion class 2 days a week, formal music class weekly and a physical education weekly.

Bobbi-Jo - posted on 04/09/2010

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i pay $43 a day i don't know how much longer i will be able to keep this up. Being a single mom is hard enough but then to have to give more than half of my paycheck to be able to work is rediculous

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$1600 month for my two, the infant is three days a week and the older one (age 5 and going into K in the fall) is four days a week. If they were both full time it would be around $2200/month. This is pretty average in Philadelphia. The rate goes down as they get older since the teacher/child ratio goes up. I think it's $60/day for infants (3 to 1), $55 for toddlers (6 to 1) and $50 for pre-K (12 to 1). Don't quote me on that. We love our place; it's has values in line with ours and they have prepared my 5 year old for kindergarten without question. We provide food and diapers, they provide snack and milk (soy or cow). My MIL watches both one day a week currently which is just enough! Childcare is only slightly less than my take home pay for my $30k/yr job. It's worth it to me to not lose career momentum and so that I don't lose my mind at home. I really do not have what it takes to be a stay at home mom, I admire that mental stamina so much. I have several friends who stay at home and I knew from the start there was no way that i could do it, and my partner doing it wasn't an option as we need the income. I live in Philadelphia, btw.

April - posted on 04/09/2010

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i pay 160 dollars for 2 days a week outside Philadelphia for the 1 yr old room. If she went fulltime it would be 280 per week. The best part this is one of the cheaper ones and the nicest in King of Prussia.

Nakita - posted on 04/09/2010

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I live the The Bahamas, my son attends at home day care and I pay $ 50.00 a week, there are only 4 kids in care. The care taker is also his godmother, i think that it is a great time, he godmother is also a pre school techer, he is gettingthe best of both worlds.

Jenifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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Here in Georgia, I have been paying $70.00 a week after school care for daycare for my son from age 6 to 12. They pick him up from school until I pick him up at 5:30pm. And they keep him in the summer and other school breaks from 6am to 6:30pm...The price for full time summer is $125.00 a week. This does not include summer fees for trips etc. I can't complain and he has received great care, has good friends, and learns alot.

Rosie - posted on 04/09/2010

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I pay $10 a day, for after school babysitter and it is just for 3 to 4 hrs at the most. His 16 year old sister than picks him up and walks home where they both do home work and snack until I come home. I was paying $530 a mo. for pre-school daycare. Currently looking into summer camps. We live in Central Ca and I am considering the kindercare summer camps.

Suzanne - posted on 04/09/2010

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Here in England, my son goes to a surestart centre. The cost depends on the age and how long they are in care, so the under 2's have to have no more than 3 kids to one keyworker. My son starts at 8am and finishes at 6pm for five days a week, when he was 2 I was paying £39 per day for daycare, he's now at nursery school so gets 15 hours a week free from the government the rest I pay for - so during school term time I pay £27 per day and school holiday time I pay £37 per day, I also have to provide toilet rolls and fruit/snacks once a week.

Chelsea - posted on 04/09/2010

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that's what I pay here in Long Beach, ca and this is a friend. Which from all the facilitites I looked at this is at the lowere end.

Shaloo - posted on 04/09/2010

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We live in Pittsburgh, PA and I pay $850/monthly which includes breakfast and 2 snacks. Hours of drop off: 6:30am-6pm. Pretty flexible I'd say. We had a nanny for the first year for our son and that costed us about $2000/month. We are definitely saving loads of money plus he is now right next to me. Lucky for me his daycare is in the hospital I work at.

Kristy - posted on 04/09/2010

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When my daughter was in the infant room at 6months old at a daycare in PA, I paid $976/month. Now she is in the 2-3yr old room and I pay $898/month.

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