daycare expenses while you are in school?

Elizabeth - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am wondering if any one knows of any grants, programs or loans that can help pay for daycare while I am taking classes. I am accepted at a University but I am afraid we will not be able to afford daycare. We have no one that can help and my school doesn't have any childcare programs. I looked into state funding and they think we make to much (ya right, we can barely scrap by now that I am unemployed let alone to pay at least 35$ a day in child care). HELP, I don't want to give up my dream!


Stacey - posted on 11/28/2008




I dont know what state you are in but here in Texas, we have these programs called Head Starts. They go by your income. So you pay half and the state pays half. The university you attend or even your local unemployment office should be-able to tell you about certain programs out there. Hang in there. I am in the same boat.

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What about getting a school loan? I am still paying mine off from the University I went to ( the monthly payments are totally duable!) I'm in the same boat as you, but I am still in denail in regards to how we are going to pay for a child in pre-school and baby in daycare!


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Sheena - posted on 05/29/2013




I feel us that are in a struggle should help one another. If you meet eachother become friends , while one person is in school the other can watch your children visaversa

Jenn - posted on 01/23/2009




Depending on what state you're in there are different programs available... I just applied for a "scholarship" for my son through the hospital that I work at (he goes to daycare on campus at a daycare intended for employee's kids only...). I love that he's right there while I'm at work, but it's a fortune. I feel your pain, definitely... I work enough pretty much just to pay for his daycare, ironicly enough. Credit card unfortunately has become my best friend, knowing that in just a few months I'll be done and paying off card is first priority. But I couldn't go to school if he wasn't in daycare... hang in there and do some online research about scholarships available in your state. Also consider finding an individual person to send your kids to rather than a daycare center. They'll charge less. Just background check and get references of course :) Good luck!

Sherilyn - posted on 12/14/2008




I ran into a similar problem. I thought I qualified for SRS childcare assistance here in Kansas, but they require me to work a minimum of 20 hours a week (hard to do when in the nursing program) or be graduating in 6 months (I still had 2 years to go), so I was very disappointed to find out we had to do the daycare on our own. Not an easy task when you and your husband are both full-time students already barely scraping by. We are doing almost everything on student loans, and unfortunately the school we attend is not exactly inexpensive, so right now I just try not to think about the numbers and use that for my motivation to hurry up and finish.

Robyn - posted on 12/02/2008




I feel your pain...this my biggest obstacle right now too. There's only one daycare in our community, with a year long waiting list. And it will be $1225 for two kids per month. That's more than our mortgage payment. And my husband makes to much to qualify for provincial student loans. Ugh. I'm going to try to get a student line of credit through our bank. In Alberta, there are gov. subsidies, but if you receive the subsidy, your daycare fees go its pretty well pointelss.

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