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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Breann - posted on 04/02/2010

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Depends on where you are-where I am in Southern California, $35 a day is cheap!!!! When I was looking into it, some places charge as much as $1200 a month-luckily for me my MIL watches him, but I still pay for a day's charge due to my work schedule.



I would definitely look into a nanny (is that term still pc?). I grew up with one who watched other neighborhood kids-helps children be social at a young age.

Connie - posted on 04/02/2010

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I pay 2 dollars an hour. I am so fortunate that we have a great provider and her mom helps out and kids call her grandma. Nice set up. I have my child in headstart which helps with the cost as she figures that in. I pay 120 every two weeks and my child is four years old. when she was baby i paid 360 per month, 180 every two weeks.

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Here in Western Washington, I pay $903/month. That is for my 2 yr old - 5 days a week, 7:30 - 5:00 (we can drop him up earlier if we need too). They charged $1050/month when he was under 1.... and once he is potty trained it will go down to $790/month. It is a large commercial daycare with classrooms divided by age. They have 3 toddler rooms: 12m-18m, 18m-24m & 24m-until potty trained. I picked it over an in-home daycare because I was concerned about all the age groups being together in one room. I know how the older kids can be around the little ones. He loves it and his teachers.

Ashley - posted on 04/02/2010

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I have two boys in a christian school, one is in a two year old class and the other is in the four year old class. They charge $495 each child each month, I do however get a 10% discount on the secound child.

Michelle - posted on 04/02/2010

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Too much. I have a full time nanny and we pay her $3000 per month plus expenses like gas, lunch etc. I live in CA where the cost of living is high and the going rate for nannies is $15-$20 per hour.

Sarah - posted on 04/02/2010

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That sounds like the going rate just about anywhere :) Currently I have older children who are in school and I pay $270 a month just for after school from 3pm-5pm. I do have another one on the way so I am worried not only about the expense later this year but also about finding a quality provider.

Paula - posted on 04/02/2010

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I pay $154 a week for my kids to be in daycare, $85 for my daughter and $69 for my son. For where we live it is pretty expensive, but it is well worth the money. All the women at the center are wonderful with the kids and have always taken great care of them.

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WOW! I didn't know it could get that expensive to pay $40 a day?? I only pay $3 a day, but thats because its on military base..but even off base is $400 a month. They both provide learning experience, foods, and nap times.

Christiana - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter goes to a KinderCare in MA. We pay $322.per week she loves it and she is learning so much.

Wendy - posted on 04/02/2010

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Hello, I take my son to Brewer Children's Learning Center in Brewer, ME and absolutely love it there. Both my mom and mother in law took care of Wyatt for the first 2 years of his life, so this is his first experience being in daycare. He loves to go there and when I pick him up every day it's hard to get him out of there! I pay $120 a week and he's 3. Rates went up $5 a week starting April 1st because I guess market rates have gone up. I am currently pregnant right now and due to have our daughter in May and it will cost me $155 a week for the first year and then it will be the $125 a week after. I really enjoy the structure in Wyatt's daycare. They have 4 different age groups infants (up to a year), toddlers (1-2 1/2), junior pre-school (2 1/2 - 3 1/2), pre-school (3 1/2 - 5). They do projects every day, 20 minute centers where they play like in the kitchen area for 20 minutes in small groups of 2 or 3 and then switch to the next on say building blocks or play with trucks/cars, they have circle time with reading and calendar, music day with Miss. Julie is every Thursday mornings, they have an inside gym and also a nice fenced-in play yard. The first Friday of every month they celebrate all the birthday's of the month and then some parent's will also bring in cupcakes on the actual day of their child's birthday to make it extra special. Also, back in Sept they started with a letter, number, color and theme of the week. Starting with the letter "A" the first week they did everything relating to that letter each day and centered all their projects, story time, etc with the letter, number and color of the week. Makes it a nice learning experience for the kids and keeps it fun!

Julie - posted on 04/02/2010

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For each of my kids we pay ~$1250 per month for a total of $30K per year at a home day care. There are much more expensive places in our area and some cheaper, but we've been going to this one for almost 7 years now! ~Julie in CA

Shanna - posted on 04/02/2010

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I live in Arizona and we pay $18 a day/$90 a week for our child's preschool/daycare. His preschool/daycare is great and we have been extremely happy with the care that our son receives.

Jeanne - posted on 04/02/2010

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We pay $35/day for in-home childcare at a friend's house. Because I'm currently subbing we only pay for the days I work so our situation is pretty ideal. I used to teach preschool for 3.5 years and think that infant rates are outrageous, especially since parents have to bring diapers, food, and other daily needs.for their children. As children get older the rates decrease but not by much. Overall, I commend childcare workers, for childcare is not an easy profession. With the right owners and sense of professionalism I think childcare centers can excel!

Latoya - posted on 04/02/2010

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I pay 320.00 a month but that is my co.pay because I get childcare assistance and I love the daycare my boys go to the teacher are terrific

Rachel - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter's daycare also has sign language, spanish, math, music and reading class.

Danielle - posted on 04/02/2010

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I pay 25$ a day for my 2 yr old. My daycare provider is amazing she provides wipes, brings in a story lady with diff outfits for the kids to put on that pertain to the story!! they have crafts everyday!! AMAZING woman!!

Valerie - posted on 04/02/2010

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know there's some parents who still complain about 100 a week daycare? I do in home daycare in Newport News, Va. and charge $120 a week for full time care. I love it how some daycares really take it to the "next level" and show they're not about the kids..or the love of. It's all about the benjamins..LOL. I have 6 kids of my own..I really think that if you're choosing a daycare, you should look at their own children and do an assessment. Mine are all honor roll, (4 that are in school..LOL) and two are in the tag program. I didn't teach them sign language even though I love it, but I do stimulate their little brains at a young age..:-) Love all of you and love this group!

Denise - posted on 04/02/2010

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We currently pay $324 per week for 2 children (full-time)...It's $174 for my 15month old and $150 for my 4 year old. It was a huge shocker going from one in daycare to two. I feel the prices we pay are comparitive to other centers where we live as this is the 3rd center for our oldest. It's worth it to me b/c of the sense of security I have when I leave them. Not once have I walked out of that building thinking "I hope they'll be ok today". They have a certified pre-school program for my older son and he improved socially once we tranfered him almost 2 years ago. My 15month old loves his teachers and has adjusted nicely as he's moved rooms as he's gotten bigger. As a parent the one thing I've expressed to the director that has kept us there is what I like to call the 3 C's...Consistency, Communication, and Creativity. I know that teacher turn over can be high in a daycare setting, but I think when you keep communication lines open not only between teachers/directors but between parents, it can make a huge impact on how you feel about where you send your kids. We had 1 really bad experiece at a previous daycare, and I've learned not to hold in my thoughts and feelings when it comes to the welfare of my children. I know that daycare centers are business, but they also house people's greatest treasures...their children.

Beverly - posted on 04/02/2010

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I pay about $200/week for my toddler here in Houston, TX. And I love love love the daycare I have her at. They have certified educators in the toddler room and she learns new things every day. I couldn't be happier with the selection. All the teachers know and love her. It's like a big family.

Teresa - posted on 04/02/2010

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I am in TX, my son is 2 yo and we pay $125 a week for 5 days. He loves his day care. We do too. He is learning sign language among a lot of other things. The day care also has music and dance programs for each class.

Rachel - posted on 04/02/2010

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I live in Chicago and luckily I get Daycare assistance so day care is only $150/monthly for me but if I didn't get this assistance I would pay apx. $200 weekly. My daughter is 4 years old now and I paid that much when she was 1 year old. Then half my paycheck went to daycare alone! I actually now make half the money but I come out making almost more money due to my daycare cost being less than 25% f what I paid previously. I am VERY fortunate for this assistance.

Lauren - posted on 04/02/2010

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I'm in Ohio and I pay $4 per hour for two kids. She charges $3 per hour for the first kid and then $1 per kid after that. She is cheaper then the day care facilities in the area and is a lot more flexible which is what I like. I am from Illinois and my friend that babysits/nanny's on occasion and she charges $20 per hour for one kid and $2 for each additional kid.

Laura - posted on 04/02/2010

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I live in Minnesota and pay $24.75 a day for my 8 month old son. So it costs almost $500 a month. This is almost half of my paycheck. I would like my kids to be two years apart but we can't afford it right now. I don't know how people do it with more then 1 kid in daycare at a time. It really throws a wrench into your family planning as far as when you want to have your next one! In other words, I don't want them to be too far apart in age. How did everyone do it with #2?! I could probably find a cheaper home daycare in my town but I think it's worth it to pay a little more to have the peace of mind that my child is safe and well taken care of each day.

Laura - posted on 04/02/2010

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This is so interesting to read-I'm so glad this conversation was started! I live in CT and we are looking at a center, for 2 full-days a week and it comes to $800.00 a month (100 dollars per day). I was shocked when I first did my research to learn how expensive it was just for 2 days a week!

Leslie - posted on 04/02/2010

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I pay 145 a week. Which is not too bad, and my daughter likes her providers which is important because she is a very klingy child. She disentangle want to be away from me of her father.

Jen - posted on 04/02/2010

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We're paying 146/week right now at a Christian daycare in Springfield; which amounts to $29/day, but they've informed us that tuition is going up to $156/week this summer ($31/day). That is for 2-year olds - 5-year olds. When my boys were infants, they went to Calvary for (in 2004) $155 per week and (in 2007) $170 per week. I understand that you have to give your employees salaray increases, but it is hard to adjust to the increases in price. We love the daycare our son goes to, though. they are so patient and really good with discipline the right way. They really learn a lot there too and the kids are happy and love it. They have a playground that is perfectly geared for kids of that age and I'm not left to worry about their safety while I'm at work all day.

Ali - posted on 04/02/2010

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I live in a smaller rural area and commute about 30 minutes. The daycare/preschool we found here is great and surprisingly "affordable" (at least in comparison). For my two girls, age 3 and 4, we pay $175/week. They give you a $15 discount for more than one child and 2% discount if you pay the month in full.

Laura - posted on 04/02/2010

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I live outside of Cleveland Ohio and had been using a home daycare - paying $35/day. My kids were only 2 days per week and Grandma watched them for free a third day that week. However, now I have two in a commercial daycare with a preschool and after school care and I will be paying about $275/week part-time. It's expensive but very worth it!!! I work part-time for health benefits and it's a good combination for all of us!

Ana - posted on 04/01/2010

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I live in the Bronx. My son(4 yrs old) goes to a babysitter and I pay $610 per month.

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here in israel, we pay NIS 2100, and its a discount because we are old customers - usually i think its NIS 2300. in US $ that's about $525/month. hours are 7-5, no extensions, and they have plenty of vacations on holidays, etc.

Jo Ann - posted on 04/01/2010

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In San Diego, CA I pay $785/month (open 6:30am-6:30pm) for my 3 yr old and I pay $19/day for my 6 yr old for before and after school care (drop off as early as 6:30 and pick up by 6pm).

Leslie - posted on 04/01/2010

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I live in Alaska and have chosen an in home provider for my daughter. I pay my sitter $4 an hour which rounds out to about 550 to 600 a month

Kate - posted on 04/01/2010

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Once my husband finishes his 6 week paternity leave, we will be paying $50 a day for an in home daycare for our 5 month old daughter and 3 year old son. I'm in Phoenix, AZ. My sitter is super flexible and only charges for days that we use (my husband works 4 days per week). I am a teacher, so it is great that I don't have to pay during summer, breaks and days off.

Alison - posted on 04/01/2010

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I'm in Brisbane, Australia and pay $60.50 a day. I have to provide my own nappies and food, Lara is 2.

Bethanie - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter is five, her daycare includes kindergarten classes, so I've kept her in. I pay about $820 per month. The price went up by about eighteen dollars in September, but it's worth it to me because they are amazing, my daughter really loves the place, we'll both be sad in September when she can no longer attend.

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Kyle, Texas, which is in South - South Austin --

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2 $175 / wk

3 - 4 $173 / wk

4 - 5 $170 / wk

Plus $2.50 a day for lunch.

However, I wouldn't trade it for the world! My daughter is 4 1/2 and has been there since she was 6 weeks old. She knows sign language, how to speak spanish, and is much more educated that kids a couple years older than her.

Laura - posted on 04/01/2010

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I pay 750/mo for one child, I use to have govt funding to help but it ran out b/c no donations since drop in economy. It is very hard for a single mom to afford that and mortgage. We try to cut where ever we can. I get tax credit but that still doent help through the year when your dishing out so much money. I wish the govt (Obama) would some how help the single moms out there who make to much for funding but not enough to becomfortable each month.

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2010

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I am a daycare provider and for an infant at the place I work for five days is $232. Since I am an employee, I pay 80 every two weeks for an 11 year old and 2 year old.

Deb - posted on 04/01/2010

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Oh my goodness, looks like I need to move to Illionis. Daycare rate in CT is $245 a week/ $49 per day(my daughter is 14 months old)- Yep close to $1000 per month! It is a killer!

Courtney - posted on 04/01/2010

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I live in Madison, AL and my two boys go to a small church daycare monday thru friday 7am to 4:30pm and I pay 140 per kid per week, so 1120 a month.

Charlotte - posted on 04/01/2010

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Salt Lake City UT, $345/wk - 2 children - full time / national chain center, rates vary with age, but level out at kindergarten age. about $174/week

Mimi - posted on 04/01/2010

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Wow - that's a lot! I'm here in southern CA. Prices are little better down here. I have another friend who has a live-in nanny that they pay $250per week. The average down here is approx $400 per week for a live-in.

Celeste - posted on 04/01/2010

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I pay $200 a day for in-home nanny 3 days a week for my 11 month old twins. In San Francisco, that is the competitive rate. And it's bankrupting us.

Mimi - posted on 04/01/2010

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We pay $1100 a month for a nanny (she does not live with us) who comes to our house 4 days a week. Our (now 1yr old) son absolutely loves her. Plus she speaks Spanish so it will be nice for him to (hopefully) pick up another language. It is really nice not to have to get him ready in the morning. He can just hang out in his jammies:)

Liz - posted on 04/01/2010

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I work as well and I pay $575 each month for my daughter (4) to be in a Montessori Preschool w/ after care included in that price although we have to pack her lunch. My 3 year old son is in a church preschool around the corner that is $525 per month included morning and aftercare and all meals. Not bad if you ask me!

Danielle - posted on 04/01/2010

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I pay 25 a day $300/ per month for three days a week at mt laurel day and acedemy in bellwood pa. my son is 18 months and doesn't talk but im assuming he enjoys it because he gets excited it the morning when he sees the building. every once in awhile he has a bad day and comes home grumpy. if your late picking up the charge you another $50 and you must provide everything.

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter goes to a Montessori preschool here in Texas, and we pay $680/month (she's 4). It's 8:30 AM - 3 PM M-F. She went to a daycare center for a few months as an infant, and that was $220/week. Then she stayed with the mother of a friend of mine, and we paid her $5/hour for as many hours as she was there - usually it was around $150/week.

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I live in Scotland and my 2 year old daughter goes to a private nursery and i pay £122 per week. She has been going there since she was 9 months and loves it.

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2010

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I pay $125 per week ($25/day) for a private, in home daycare. She even provides formula for my child. She is wonderful! (MI)

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