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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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.

Liz - posted on 04/09/2010

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for my 2 children under five in the uk i pay £910 per month for 5 days 0745 - 1730 private childminder

Jackie - posted on 04/09/2010

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While I lived in Westchester, NY I paid $1450 a month for five days a week for an infant for a short three month period. (before relocating for another job) That was a DISCOUNT from $1650 since my company was in the daycare's corporate complex. We got a whopping $200 off. Tuition had to be paid monthly, no exceptions. This was the best child care option we could find due to proximity to house and work vs what they had to offer. On top of that if vacation was taken, payment still had to be made, but you got half off that week.



I got offered another job after paying that for only three months; my husband and I decided to take the job and move to South New Jersey. Tuition dropped to what felt like a mind boggling $1000 a month with lunch (even with him being an infant & it did not change much with the turn to toddler). That could be paid weekly, bi, or monthly however you choose. We are shoppers and all of the similar kind of facilities were similar pricing. Same circumstance if you took vacation - pay but half off that week.

A few years back we did find a more exceptional school & switched. The hubby and I felt it was a better more "school like" daycare and tuition has increased to $1250 a month for a nine month school year and five day work week ++ depending on if you pay extra for an activity such as music, dance, or karate. Then we had to find other alternatives for the summer - camp. (Which is a subject for another email.)

Now he will start Kindergarden in the fall but our district and most in SNJ are half day only. Therefore we have to continue the daycare on a part time basis for the other half day with a five day work week. This will drop tuition considerably by 50% to $600 a month.

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2010

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Hi, i pay 245 a week, that includes all meals. The older the child the cheaper it is.

Stacey - posted on 04/08/2010

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Well Amber, I only take my children once a week just for the experience with other children. My husband is a stay at home Dad right now. But I pay $52 for that one day for both of them. They are 18mo old twins. And I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Lexi! She is wonderful with them. Also texts me throughout the day to let me know how they are doing:) She has about 12-14 total kids in her day care. And she does it from her home:) Hope this helped!

Kim - posted on 04/08/2010

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I'm in South Australia and have 2 children who attend daycare, I pay $64 each a day, with another on the way, I will be looking for a cheaper alternative such as family daycare:) We recieve rebates and reimbursements but it is still expensive.

Kelly - posted on 04/08/2010

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and goes to daycare monday-friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. we pay 205.00 a week... i love our daycare center... but we are thinking a bout switching to a catholic school that have programs for 3 y/o, they charge 145.00 a week...

Alexia - posted on 04/08/2010

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I live in Louisiana and i pay $15 a day at $75 a week, which seems pretty cheap compared to most of the people up north. I use a home day care center and the lady is great with the kids. I preffered to use home day care because it is smaller center so my child would get more attention being kept there. I love him being there because i know that my child is being well takin care of.

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I live in Idaho. I have 2 children and I pay $20 per day for each child, ages 3 and 9 mo. I go to an in-home daycare. My girls are there about 10.5 hours per day for 4 days. I pay by the day so if they're not there then I don't pay, regardless of who canceled. I think our provider is incredible. She tries to fulfill any request I have, and she actually plays with my girls during the day, I feel like we're on the same team.

Michelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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I live in Georgia and pay $110.00 per week for my 4 month old daughter. The fee is the same for all the kids and I LOVE the daycare. My daughters teachers are great with her provide and her with a lot of interaction. If I ask for extra tummy time or anything like they are always willing to accommodate. I checked out EVERY daycare in the area and this is the only one I felt 100% comfortable with. The director even visited me in the hospital right after she was born!

Lisa - posted on 04/08/2010

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We pay $777 for two days a week per month for our 2.5 year old in Northern NJ. The 5 day/wk rate at our school is about $1500, but will reduce to about $1200 when she turns 3. That seems to be about average for comparable schools. She is also with my MIL 3 days a week and we will reduce that to 2 days in the summer and she will be full-time in school by October. It's a little on the pricey side but the curriculum is fantastic and my daughter adores her teacher and vice versa.

Lisa - posted on 04/08/2010

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We pay $777 for two days a week per month for our 2.5 year old in Northern NJ. The 5 day/wk rate at our school is about $1500, but will reduce to about $1200 when she turns 3. That seems to be about average for comparable schools. She is also with my MIL 3 days a week and we will reduce that to 2 days in the summer and she will be full-time in school by October. It's a little on the pricey side but the curriculum is fantastic and my daughter adores her teacher and vice versa.

Kate - posted on 04/08/2010

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Im in Darwin NT australia, and i pay $350 per week. It includes all food but thats it. The best part about this daycare is that they allow for more childcare workers per child. My daughter loves daycare and i think its great. Shes there for 9hours a day 5 days a week, so i need to make sure that its a great place for her. All the kids love the ladies working there. They also give me heaps of photo's and all the paintings she does and make scrap books every year of the kids work so i definately think that its worth it.

Monica - posted on 04/08/2010

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I live in Arkansas and I pay $125.00 a week for my 5yr old. I love the center because they teach her all the stuff that she needs to know plus spanish and they have Bible study everyday. I hate paying the price because it is just like paying for two cars, but it is worth it since I can't stay home with her.

Samantha - posted on 04/08/2010

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my sister does at home daycare and she watches my son for me i usually pay around 250 a month which i think is great

Shannon - posted on 04/07/2010

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I live in Federal Way, Washington and my son is 6 months and I pay $252 a week. EVEN if he only goes one day a week. I love the teachers though and I wouldn't take him anywhere else.

Ashley - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have 2 children 8yrs and 6 months and they go to my mothers, I pay her $500 a month to watch my kids and I love it because who better to watch you children then MOM and if they are not well she still takes them so I don't have to miss work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angela - posted on 04/07/2010

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I pay $510 a month for my daughter to attend 4 days a week. I absolutely love my daycare, and wouldn't want her going anywhere else!

Christine - posted on 04/07/2010

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Most in home care ranges from $35 to $65 a day and if you go to a center is about $300 a week per kid. CA is expensive but if you make minium wage, you get your child care paid for. Right now I pay $0 as my spouse watches them. But once he goes back to work or completely flips out, they will go back to daycare for about $300 a week for two boys.

LAURA - posted on 04/07/2010

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My 3yr old son goes to child day care full time and my 6yr old son is after school daycare. i pay for them both $250 a month. for single parents or families who qualify for medicaid or foodstamps can get government help. i went to Work Force Source Solutions they calculated how much i would pay a month based on my income. that was a big help compared to me having to pay $480 a month.

Becca - posted on 04/07/2010

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What the.....???

I live in The Hawkesbury, New South Wales Australia, and here i paid $AU65.00 a day, and that is quiet cheap, i have friends who live closer the to city and they are paying up to $AU100.00 a day.

I'll pay your $US35.00 rates!!!

Janice - posted on 04/07/2010

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In California, we pay A LOT of day care. My son (2 1/2) is in a home now and we pay $800 a month; he will move to a preschool in June and we will pay $990 a month.

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We live in Davis, California and my 4 year old daughter goes to a Montessori preschool for a full day (open 7am to 6pm - not that she is there that long). We pay $870 a month and love the school and the teachers.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2010

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I live in Myrtle Beach, SC and I pay $90.00 a week for 3 days. If I want my son to go all week long it would be $135.00. He is only 13 months old. I love his daycare and he does too.

Abigail - posted on 04/07/2010

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I am in CT, I pay $1550 a month for my 1 1/2 yr old and 3 1/2 year old. They go to the least expensive daycare in our area and lucky for me it is also the best!

Wendy - posted on 04/07/2010

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I had a family run daycare at $100 per wk, until last Summer we moved. There are great programs, but strict rules that working parents couldn't do or afford...so we looked into other home daycare, the 1st one-my children at the time were 1 and 6 and it was $1200 per month HUGE jump for me, but I had to have the trust, they ruined it the 1st two weeks, TOO MUCH by the book, 1st doc note for sunscreen, take off work for the note, then the note wasn't good enough because it said USE AS NEEDED, and she wanted it to say 1 oz every two hours...then I was at work and after coming out of a mtg. I seen she called my desk, called her back...had to leave message, she finally called me 4 hours later and said my kids were with the emergency number, since she couldn't reach me she called it...my 1 yr. old had a RASH??? WOW, couldn't miss anymore work for this NEW daycare so I had gma (who kids had apparently been with all day) MEET me at the doc (5pm) to see the rash, they wrote me a note okay to return just a rash etc...I called her and she stated "I HAVE TO TALK TO THE DOC before I take the note, i have other parents who need assurance"??? WTH? She had nursing experience, so she should of known a doctor is not going to call her at home and talk about my childrens health...that is what the note was for! Horrible experience, had to fire her and ended up paying the two week notice, about $3000 for less than two weeks and still had no daycare, my poor kids, I cried all the time! My daycare now is $35 per day, remember one is in school ALL DAY too, expensive still but we LOVE them, another home daycare...but she homeschools my now 4 yr old, and there is much more structure and (healthy) discipline for my kids then when they were with family...they got away with too much and got snacks etc...

Shelli - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi I live in S. Florida. When my son first started daycare we paid $165.00 per week. Now that he is 1, we pay $150.00. I just had a daughter & in a couple of months she will be joining him. We will have to pay $165.00 for her & than we get a 10% on my son. As far as how I feel about the daycare, I am very pleased w/ them!! My son seems to like them alot & they take good care of him. Also my good friend is assistant director, so that is an added plus, cause I can always call her w/ any questions or concerns. It's like I have an insider.

Natasha - posted on 04/07/2010

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I pay $500 a month for 2 kids age 9 and 5. I am a single mother full time work and full time student. It is so hard and we depend on you guys to treat our babies right. I'm just so lucky that my babies are able to talk and can tell me if something was to happen at their center. I am very happy with the center my boys are at now. They were at 3 other centers before i found this one. They feed my babies breakfast if have to be to work befor the sun comes up, they feed them lunch during summer break and if i work past 6 they feed them dinner and a snack. I guess if i didn't have u i would be so lost. I say keep doing what your doing and for the centers that can't make sure a babies diaper is changed on a timely maner or keep your eyes on all the children you are scheduled to watch at a given time find a provider like mine and get some pointers. For those of you who are doing your job and doing it well I Thank You so much and keep up the good work.

Deborah - posted on 04/07/2010

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I don't pay for daycare but I am a daycare provider and here are my rates and reson for them!! Daycare is expensive and most families have to have 2 incomes to live, I give many breaks to families and have a great outcome because of it,. My turn over isn't high and I love all my kids just like they were my own. My first daycare child (had her since she was 6 weeks old)is starting school in the fall and I am going to miss her. I will be there to see her off to her first day of Kindergarden! So my rates are this: FULL TIME DAYCARE(40 to 25 hours a week) :Birth to 2 $440 a month, 2 to 3 $372 a month ,4 to5 $368 a month, 6 to 13 $360 a month. PART TIME (14 to 25 hours a week) Birth to 2 $264 a month, 2 to 3 $224 a month, 4 to 5 $220 a month, 6 to 13 $216. PART TIME(7 to 14 hours a week) Birth to 2 $132 a month, 2 to 3 $112 a month, 4 to 5 $80 a month,6 to 13 $80 a month. Any thing under 7 hours is drop in at $20 per day! I do this so my parents can afford their children and are able to do things with them. As long as they call and let me know by 8 am if they aren't going to be here I don't charge them for the day.They also are responsiable to have their own back up provider for my sick days and vacation!! But they don't pay me if I am sick or on vacation cause they are paying someone else. They also don't pay if they are on vacation , there spot is here when they get back. Federal Holidays are FREE also cause I am not working and most of them are off work too!! This keeps everyone happy and I can sleep at night knowing I am doing the right thing by them. I was a single parent once and I understand how hard is was. I had 2 jobs and 2 of my own kids to raise, this is why I do what I do. REALLY IT'S ALL FOR THE CHILDREN!!

Deborah - posted on 04/07/2010

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I don't pay for daycare but I am a daycare provider and here are my rates and reson for them!! Daycare is expensive and most families have to have 2 incomes to live, I give many breaks to families and have a great outcome because of it,. My turn over isn't high and I love all my kids just like they were my own. My first daycare child (had her since she was 6 weeks old)is starting school in the fall and I am going to miss her. I will be there to see her off to her first day of Kindergarden! So my rates are this: FULL TIME DAYCARE(40 to 25 hours a week) :Birth to 2 $440 a month, 2 to 3 $372 a month ,4 to5 $368 a month, 6 to 13 $360 a month. PART TIME (14 to 25 hours a week) Birth to 2 $264 a month, 2 to 3 $224 a month, 4 to 5 $220 a month, 6 to 13 $216. PART TIME(7 to 14 hours a week) Birth to 2 $132 a month, 2 to 3 $112 a month, 4 to 5 $80 a month,6 to 13 $80 a month. Any thing under 7 hours is drop in at $20 per day! I do this so my parents can afford their children and are able to do things with them. As long as they call and let me know by 8 am if they aren't going to be here I don't charge them for the day.They also are responsiable to have their own back up provider for my sick days and vacation!! But they don't pay me if I am sick or on vacation cause they are paying someone else. They also don't pay if they are on vacation , there spot is here when they get back. Federal Holidays are FREE also cause I am not working and most of them are off work too!! This keeps everyone happy and I can sleep at night knowing I am doing the right thing by them. I was a single parent once and I understand how hard is was. I had 2 jobs and 2 of my own kids to raise, this is why I do what I do. REALLY IT'S ALL FOR THE CHILDREN!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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I pay 160 for my daughter who is 3, under 3 it's 170. This is in NJ outside NYC-they include food (breakfast/lunch and a snack) and under 3 they provide diapers. It's a mom and pop run daycare that has been open for over 30 years. When I lived in Bergen County I couldn't find one that was under 240 a week and they didn't provide anything .You had to supply food/diapers etc.

Colleen - posted on 04/07/2010

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I'm fortunate to have a private baby-sitter and she only charges me $3.25 an hour for my 2 1/2 yr and 9 month old, and I only pay when they are there. Not only is she cheap, but my kids are the only ones she watches, so I know they are always being tended to.

Andrea - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have a 21 month old and I pay $110/wk! I absolutely love the daycare and it is in a church too. The teachers are amazing and my son is learning everyday more and more!

Amber - posted on 04/07/2010

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I take my son to a center called Just Kids. For 3 days a week (regardless of the # of hours) I pay $450 per month. I actually need 4 days of child care per week, but to add the extra day would raise the price to $700 per month...so I have to have my sister watch him for free 1 day per week. Other than the cost, though, we really like the center. They have one classroom dedicated to just children under 1, we know the teacher personally, & they teach the kids baby sign language.

Lisa - posted on 04/07/2010

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I"m in the mIlwaukee area and I pat $10 an hour for a nanny. Decided we'd prefer the one on one care.

Annamarie - posted on 04/07/2010

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Currently my husband and I work different schedules so that we don't have to pay daycare. BUT the bill would be 145 a week for 0-2yrs old and 125 2-4yrs. So for us having 2 kids, it would be 270 a week. LOTS AND LOTS OF $$$! :)

Kelly - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daycare is $39 a day, about $780 a month depending on how many weekdays there are in a particular month. However, I live in Ontario, Canada and we qualified for childcare subsidy so we pay a very small portion and the county picks up the rest. It is all based on income. Only because we qualified for subsidy were we able to put our son in one of the best day care's in the city.

Erica - posted on 04/07/2010

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$135 a week! I would kill for that! I live in Boston and we pay $180 a week and that is just for 2 days! in essence we pay $15 an hour for 2 children. I think you really have to search hard for a good provider. Alot of it depends ifyou want to have in home care or take them to a day care. I found www.care.com was a great resource for finding sitters and for finding daycare. Good luck!

Holly - posted on 04/07/2010

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i work at a preschool/daycare in cr iowa, i work in the preschool room. our full time rate for infants/toddlers is $196 a week and starts to go down when they are two. i am very lucky that we also get a discount. i love the preschool/daycare i work at and i am glad that my childern get to go there.

Connie - posted on 04/07/2010

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I will be paying $155 for a 4day week. It is $175 for a 5day week. Chase starts next Monday, so I can't comment on the childcare providers yet.

Melany - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi Amber, I don't think I can help much since i live in South Africa. I pay R900 for my daughters daycare. She is 9 months old and goes from 8am to 1pm. I like her teacher, but I still feel the best place for her is with me.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi i also work in an early childhood centre with my children. the fee is $5.50 an hour and i get a subsidy so doesnt work out too bad in the end. if we dont get a subsidy, staff get a 10% discount, we have a lot of staff children. i think we are lucky to be able to work and see our children grow by being with them every day but as you would know it can be hard

Kat - posted on 04/06/2010

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oh - i should note - I live in san jose, california [i.e. silicon valley]..just north of san francisco.

Kat - posted on 04/06/2010

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I have a 14m. daughter - and my babysitter comes to my house 4 days a week from 9am until 3pm. I pay her $50/day [which = @200/week or $800 USD per month] She is awesome - and also picks up my Kindergartner and has him for 1/2 hour each afternoon before I get home. We are extremely lucky to have her. She's also teaching my baby girl spanish!

Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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In WA State I pay $27/day for a home daycare. Plus she charges a $10/mo "car insurance fee" even though I drop off my daughter and pick her up. She says it's in the case of an emergency if she needs to transport my daughter. She also charges for entire week whether the baby is there or not. She also charges for my vacation as well as hers. That's right, if she chooses to close for a vacation, I still have to pay her AND pay for someone to watch my baby while she's closed! It's very expensive for the cost of living in my town.

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