How much is too much for Daycare?

Lisa - posted on 07/02/2010 ( 343 moms have responded )

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I am about to go back to work at the end of the month, and I have my daughter enrolled in a private, in-home daycare near my home. But how much is too much?



I am in the military and have looked at base daycare, as well as other in-home providers out in town. I decided to go with this particular daycare provider for a few reasons, but I wonder if it is really worth how much I am going to be paying per month ($650/mo) considering I am planning on moving within the next year.



What are your thoughts, moms?

How much do you pay per month?

Any advice?

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Onmywaytocarolshouse - posted on 07/17/2010

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Outrageous ! Really !?! Why should your provider care for YOUR children for a beggars wage while you go out and earn real money ???????? You have got to be joking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tawnya - posted on 07/14/2010

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I have three children in a home daycare, I pay $1300 per month, the sad part is one is seven and she is in school most the day, the other is five and goes to school have day, yet I still pay to hold the space. For about three weeks my husband and I tried a in home babysitter, we worried the whole time, we really did not have any peace of mind in really knowing if they were being well cared for. After we found out that she lied to us about having her "older" boyfriend over, and telling our children to lie to us that he did. We decied that saving money is not that important, lucky for us, the daycare took our children back. We may have less money, but peace of mind is "priceless"

Onmywaytocarolshouse - posted on 07/17/2010

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WOW :) I'm moving my childcare business to Switzerland :) :) :)

Renee - posted on 07/16/2010

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Sounds pretty reasonable. Just make sure they are state regulated and certified and that they are providing a safe, fun and educational environment. I paid $1150 for two kids for many years until they started school. Summer program still costs about $800. So, if it's the right place it's not too much. Number one priority is that it is a safe and loving place for your child to be when they can't be with you.

Vanessa - posted on 11/13/2012

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Hi Lisa! I look after preshoolers in my home & i have taken after schoolers as well. For a full day i charge $30.00 a day per child & for after school i charge $15.00/20.00 per day/after noon. i also have pervited snacks & even lunch/supper as well. my advice to you would be, if you are not sure of something, if u have a bad feeling i woulden't be uesing that daycare, if u are un easy about it don't do it... you are the childs mom & if u have a bad feeling then don't do it. Do u know what i mean? :) There may be nothing wrong with the daycare ect, but if u are not sure then dont get that certen place/person... good luck.

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Onmywaytocarolshouse - posted on 08/23/2013

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Thank You Sarah : ) At least some of us have common sense : ) Priorities are not always where they need to be : ( My baby sitter (back in the day ) bought her first car from my kiddies and I did with less to know my children were in good hands AND I still worried : ( Thanks again Sarah : ) Have you viewed my site onmywaytocarolshouse.com ????????

Eddie - posted on 08/22/2013

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i need a daycare fast but i can only pay at list 500 month in connecticut can anyone out there know.

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Wow. We live in a northern suburb of Atlanta and we pay $200 a week for our 2 year old in a daycare center - which is about $866/month. My son is in aftercare now for 3 days a week at $75/week - - > $325/month.



Consider yourself lucky. But it's all relative as everyone has described, depending on where you live, etc.

Renae - posted on 03/05/2011

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This probably wont help you because I'm in Perth Australia and I think you are in the US. But anyhow I pay $72.50 per day for 3 days per week. However everyone in Aus gets half of that back from the government and those on low incomes also get subsidies to reduce the amount they pay upfront. My child is also in a private home, we call Family Day Care.

Diane - posted on 03/01/2011

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It all depends lisa. I can understand how you feel. I only work par ttime and my husband works full time as he doesn't feel its worth me working full time with childcare prices. We do get a rebate every 3 mths (half of our out of pocket expenses) so, we will b paying 25dollars a week for one day out of pocket. I guess that adds up to 100 a mth but, if we had her in fullt ime it would b 125 per week out of pocket.

Maria - posted on 02/28/2011

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Sometimes I feel lucky living in Sweden. I pay 150 dollars for one child in daycare and one child in "before and afterschool". This is for a month. But on the other hand we pay a lot of tax.

Sara - posted on 02/23/2011

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After reading what you think might be too much for childcare I hesitate to even mention what it costs where my son attends school ... luckily i work at the school and get a discount but it is $1460/month for fulltime care for a toddler - kindergarten. (this is in Atlanta, GA)

Darlyn - posted on 02/22/2011

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I have a 13 month old and I work full time and travel sometimes as well. I guess I am pretty lucky to have a neighbor who offered to babysit my daughter. She takes good care of her and We pay $380 a month, I pay extra when I travel and get home late.

Tracie - posted on 02/22/2011

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I live in Ga and this is about the going rate for newborns if not more. Here for Newborn's it runs about 165 to 185 a week. Depending on the Daycare facility. My daughter stay there for before and after school child care which runs 65 dollars a week. But during the Summer I pay 130 a week and she is 10 and a half. That is abit much for in home child care. But that also depends on what they are offering for that much. The times, the meals, snacks , field trips etc.If its just the basic 100 dollars a week sounds more like it. It all depends on the quality of care that your daughter gets.

Jill - posted on 07/23/2010

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I live in Michigan and we paid about $220 a week for our son until he was out of diapers. It included diapers, two snacks and lunch each day. When I told people what I was paying they said it was a good deal...they paid much more. When you divide 220 by 40 it works out to just a little over $5 an hour- I would pay double that if someone came to my house- so it seems worth it and the people at our daycare take good care of our LO.

Angie - posted on 07/23/2010

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also, my daycare does not offer part time rates, so having a family member (which all of mine live at least an away. my fiancees family lives in the town my daughter goes to daycare but his mom works every day, his brother is not responsible, and his sister is 17 and has a life of her own...also since my daughter is not biologically his, they don't consider my daughter their relative..although my fiancee calls and tells everybody my daughter is his ) would not be an option

Angie - posted on 07/23/2010

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my daughter goes to daycare full time and we pay 680 a month. it is a daycare center. she is ten months old and there are about 6 other infants there also. i understand infants need more attention but when you supply the diapers, wipes, formula, ect and pay that much??? its ridiculous, especially when my daughter comes home with food and snot all over her face and clothes. i understand thats a lot of children for 1-2 people to care for but i am not paying this daycare to let my daughter stay dirty all day. and yes, i have complained about it. there is one person that i really like, but i cant control who in there watching her. it has gotten a little better but it still irks me when i pick my daughter up and theres dried applesauce in her hair. they do provide food for her now that she is able to eat table food, but that doesnt mean it needs to be stuck to her clothes all day, especially when i put 2 clean outfits in her diaper bag. i have tried in-home daycare but my daughter was kicked out after 4 days because she was not given enough time to get comfortable with the provider and the provider said my daughter would not eat much. she kept telling me there was something wrong with me, and when i told her she is not a dr and to stop diagnosing my daughter and give her time to get settled, she kicked my baby out. so ive had bad experiences with both in home and center daycares.my daughter is currently in the center. i am happy with it for the most part, just not the dirty clothes part...sorry to rant...just don't talk to other people much about daycare lol

Varda - posted on 07/20/2010

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what is really important is that you feel you are putting your baby in reliable hands.
Your decision has to be based on were you feel most comfortable otherwise you'll be worried and the low price isn't going to make the difference.
First be sure about the place or find a lower alternative.

Carin - posted on 07/19/2010

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Hi Lisa,
I live in Paso Robles CA and know exactly where Lemoore is and have an idea for cost of living there. I also spent six years in the Navy (stationed on USS Enterprise) so I have an idea of military income and work schedule. Those things all provide a togh set of daycare challenges. I pay $735/month at a center for full time infant care. This means mon-fri 6am to 6pm. If your price includes is a 24/7 price that is awesome.
Another thing toknow is California is almost always experiencing a daycare shortage so prices will be high. When you PCS you may end up someplace where that is not the case.

Brandy - posted on 07/19/2010

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I have a WONDERFUL licensed, home child care and she charges $160 a week (if you are full-time). So, $650 is pretty good! This is the cheapest I have found in my area...most run $200-$250/week!!

Wendy - posted on 07/19/2010

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Wow! That's alot! I live in a small town in Indiana and I dont think anyone here could afford that! Several years ago I found a really good sitter that charged me $20 a day for one kid and only $10 Extra when my second child came along. Wish you lived close, I'm trying to start up a babysitting service with cheap rates.

Melissa - posted on 07/18/2010

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just be glad you don't live in London. We pay £1410/month... about $2200!!

Stephanie - posted on 07/18/2010

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You've got a pretty good deal out there. Here in CA a lot of private in-home providers charge up to $40 a day. I've got my two children in a large daycare center and the price for both of them is almost $1000 a month. That's not too bad. I also think about the quality of care they get, like pre-school for my daughter and during the summer they take the older kids on field trips. My kids are worth the amount of money that's paid to have someone else take care of them so I can work.

Brooke - posted on 07/17/2010

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I think that $650/mo is outragious!! When my kids were in daycare...i only paid about 500/mo. I would shop around and see what really you are paying for.

Jessica - posted on 07/17/2010

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wow! I pay $75 a week for part time & its $90 for full time and I don't have to be set in one category! I guess that's South Dakota for ya :)

Lerato - posted on 07/16/2010

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IM PAYING R2000 per child, so thats R4000 for my two. its a bit steep but what choice do i have? the creche is really good and close to home so its convenient.

Tracy - posted on 07/16/2010

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I also have private in home daycare - about 45 hours per week, for my 1st child we paid $30/ day with the 2nd it's an additional $25/day - so it went from $150/wk to $275 - my daycare per month is more than my house payment, but soooo worth it I trust my daycare with the most precious gifts in my life -

Onmywaytocarolshouse - posted on 07/16/2010

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That is both fair to you AND the provider :) Thank you XO XO XO XO XO XO

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Hey Lisa, if that is all you have to pay, that is actually cheap. I live in the bay area, CA and our daycare for our daughter when she was younger was $1100 per month. Completely ridiculous but at least she was at a place I trusted. That is what matters.

Margaret - posted on 07/16/2010

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well I live in Canada, and we pay 700.00 a mth for m son who is in kindergarten for 2 1/2 hours a day, plus I pick him up by 3:30. So I would say that 650.00 is good. Just make sure that if they are doing this from their home that they do activites like printing, learning ABC etc. as some just put them in a room with toys and let them play all day. good luck

Rose - posted on 07/16/2010

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That's about average for my area. I got lucky and found and awesome in home for $100 a week per child. I have twins so that made it possible for me to go back to work.

Nikki - posted on 07/16/2010

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Around my area childcare is £3.50 per hour + £1.50 per meal. You need to provide nappies and if the baby is still on formula then you have to provide that. I have just returned to work after having my 2nd child & have found that it is much cheaper to employ a nanny that comes into my own home each day. The benefit is that the children get to use their home comforts & I have more control over their activities. She is costing me £13000 per annum which a child minder would cost me in xs of £16000 per annum. For my first child I used a nursery & after a while a child minder but this is the happiest she has ever been so I believe the nanny is worth every penny + she does small household chores for me too

Kathryn - posted on 07/16/2010

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If you feel your daughter is being well cared for as you would care for her yourself, then you are not paying too much. $650. a month averages out to $150. a week which is the basic rate for most daycares for an infant or toddler. I pay $105. per week for my school age child in a "commercial" daycare where he does not get the "home" care and personal attention your daycare provider can provide. If I did not HAVE to work, I would be home with my child.

Deb - posted on 07/16/2010

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each area differs, the age of the child makes a difference and does each type of daycare (private or preschool). I am in Mystic, CT. My 18 month old is a daycare/preschool 5 days a week and I pay $250 per week/ $1,000 per month...UGH- for my budget...but she is very happy there, I am comfortable with all the teachers, and I truly don't have to worry about her when she is there (other than wishing I could be home with her instead).... I agree...daycare is expensive, but the cost shouldn't be a factor...safe, happy, healthy environments that allow your child to grow should be the first consideration. my car is old, my clothes are outdated, and my gray is showing...but daycare is paid, and my daughter comes home with smiles.... It is a temporary thing......school is only a few years away. GOOD LUCK

Onmywaytocarolshouse - posted on 07/16/2010

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Thank you Ingrid :):):):) As I have said:) I have raised my 5 and if I might say DID a splendid job ! I did it ! I did not like leaving them but when I did I paid tons because these people are caring
for your children!!!!!!! Not moping floors or washing cars or waiting on tables :) which are all noble work and much needed BUT your children ! ? ! Pay your child care providers FOR they are doing the most important work in YOUR life ! As I said Child care providers should get more than what you pay for your car payment and GUESS WHAT? if you can't afford both GO WITH THE CHILD CARE! A no brainer ! Give me a break people !!!!!!!!!

Stacy - posted on 07/16/2010

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I don't think that is unreasonable. Where I live I pay 610 a month for full time infant rate. That is as cheap as it gets at a center here. Some are as much as 900. I could get a little cheaper at an in home, but I don't think that is more than the average.

Ingrid - posted on 07/16/2010

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Hiring a nanny is more expensive and sometimes is not the best idea because they watch to much TV with the kids. I also started paying from 12 to 6 p.m. $600 a month. It's a lot of money, but working with someone elses child is not easy. I paid 4k in summer camp and just visited and my kid is the happiest camper ever and each minute is worth every penny. Mom you pay fro quality, I was literally broke during chilcare years but who cares as long as your child is safe and in the right envrironment where she will be nurtured.

Crystal - posted on 07/16/2010

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When I was working I was paying $300 a WEEK! We went to a facility because the in home daycares were not clean enough for me and if they were sick I still had to pay them but then had to stay home with my baby along with they took a 2 week paid vaca every august and I didn't have that kinda vacation time. What I was paying at my facility was actually cheap compared to other places around me. Some places cost $2500 a month which was more than what I took home. I live in Boston Ma so things here are pretty pricy. It sounds like ur getting a good deal.

Lisa - posted on 07/16/2010

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I saw the post from a lady on here that obviously is a daycare provider saying that they don't make enough and that we don't pay enough and implying that we must all be raking in the dough. That is not the case at all. I agree that daycare providers don't make a lot if you break it down to per hr. But if they have quite a few children they make as much as the rest of us.That doesn't make it any easier to pay somebody the amount of a car or house payment a month in daycare expense. Daycare providers also chose their profession and could do something else for a living if they are not making enough money. In this economy most people need two incomes and it's hard to make ends meet.

Cassandra - posted on 07/16/2010

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I pay $1200 a month for my daughter's daycare. She's 21 months, so therefore I think $600 a month is VERY cheap!

Lisa - posted on 07/16/2010

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I guess it depends on where you live. I live in Nebraska and have my 2 1/2 and 5 yr old in a daycare center. We pay $800-$850 a month for both of them. I've heard that different parts of the country are higher in price where I'm from what we pay is considered a little bit high. I would $650 a month for one child is on the high side but that could very well be the going rate for your area. I'd call around and compare prices in your area with other private in home daycare.

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That is very acceptable for in home care, it is actually on the "cheap" side of things. I pay $600 a month for my daughter's in home care, however some people are me pay up to $800 a month.

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$650 a month is actually on the cheap side of care. I pay $600 a month for in home care, so what you are paying is rather amazing.

Nur - posted on 07/15/2010

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well u r werking fulltime...den u may get MCYS subsidies ...i think about $300.So is tough sumtimes because u nid to hurry back and fetch ur kids if not they will fine you about nearly 20 dollars per 10 mins..

For wat my exp Im currently werking and I gt both subsidies from CDC and also MCYS so I just need to pay about $11 per month.The other time I register my daughter,I no nid to pay any single deposit at all.It cost me about $1k plus.I was broke tat tyme because Im not werking.Luckily the principal is kinda nice..So she help me to apply for subsidies.Is better for you to ask the childcare centre for this application.For extended hours there is a childcare but you nid to lookout which childcare has the extended hours.

Celia - posted on 07/15/2010

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It depends on how much you care about the quality of care for your child. I am currently trying to figure out how to swing $940/mo for my daughter to attend a very reputable school in my area run by caring, kind people who are on the same page with me as far as my thoughts and wishes as a parent. I would suggest finding a child care center or provider that you feel is the absolute best possible provider for your family and paying whatever they ask if you can afford it at all. Your child is the most awesome responsibility you will ever have. Go with your gut, not your pocket book.

Veronica - posted on 07/15/2010

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I have an in-home child care center and I charge $10/hr or $50 flat for the day for PT and $190 a week for infants up to a year then it goes down to $180 a week for FT care. Besides my 22 month old son I only care for 2 FT and 1 PT so that I can keep the setting small (and only 1 infant at a time). I take 3 weeks vacation a year and do not charge when I take the time off and I offer 1 week off without pay but feel that you should still pay your provider if your child is sick and doesn't show up for care. They have a budget they need to meet. You do pay for what you get. I know there are other in-home care providers around me that charge $25 a day but they have to keep several children in order to meet their budget so I don't see how all their children get the attention they need from one person. Good luck with your child care provider and don't take them for granted. Remember them at Christmas and let them know how much you appreciate them with a card once in a while. =)

Nekia - posted on 07/15/2010

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Hi Lisa,
Well I guess $650/mo isn't that bad for an in-home day care. I actually have my son in an in-home daycare as well. I pay $135/wk which I think is really good. And sometimes I actually think it's better than good. This fee includes 2 meals a day plus snacks. My provider actually teaches the kids, she only has 5 kids so I really like that. She also has a back-up babysitter system, with a few other providers in the area (5-mile radius) that provide service when my provider is closed, and she pays them I don't. So I don't have to worry about taking off from work when she's closed. That might be something to consider as well. I also like the fact that they get together often and take the kids on field trips. As far as moving goes, that is definitely something to consider because it's hard to find good daycare providers and when you get a good one stick with it. I love my provider she is wonderful. However, being in the military, I understand you don't have alot of choice when it comes to moving.

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