How much do you pay per month for daycare or are you a stay at home mom?

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Brenda - posted on 03/09/2010

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I think it should be that the (goverment pays mothers to stay at home with there children till they are 5 years old).

They are spending alot of money trying to get people jobs right now.

Why not send mother a check ever week to stay home with the children so there will be more jobs out there for people that don't have kids under the age of 5 years old.

More children no going to the doctors in the winter time from taken them in the cold to the babysisters in the early morning an picking them up late at night!

Woman that have to work with young children have less time to spend with there husband! Tired all the time and No time for there selfs.No time to clean there house.I'am a grandmother of 4 Children an I work when my children were young,just think there could be a better way!!

Vickie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I am a stay at home mom but I provide daycare from my home. I charge $25 a day for a full day. On the off chance I only have a child for half a day I usually only charge $10 for the day (depending what the hours are and what meals are served during their stay). Two of my kids are only three to four days a week here, the other is 5 days. Their ages range from 6 mnth to 19 mnths.

I do agree that you have to be very careful about whom you choose to watch your children. I have gotten several kids after they have had horrible experiences from previous care, one was locked in a bathroom for punishment (made it very hard to potty train her later on) I have had several that were left alone in the house while the caregiver left to run errands, I have even had some that have ended the day in the same diaper they went to daycare in. Research the person or place as much as you can before choosing and make sure to ask for references!!!!

Good Luck and God Bless.

Iridescent - posted on 03/03/2010

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Gwendolyn, you made an excellent point about searching through social services for violations! We pressed charges against someone involved in my son's care when he was 3 for abandonment and neglect of a minor. The criminal charges ended up being dropped, but social services found her guilty. What did this mean? That she was still allowed to work with children legally, and it would not show up on her criminal background check, but it DOES show up if someone is bright enough to search the social services background! Most people don't.

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Tessla - posted on 03/09/2010

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Im a stay at home mom for now..but when i do go back to work where i live they have free day care for single moms or families that dont' make that much. Look it up on the internet. They should have something like that where you live..

Becci - posted on 03/09/2010

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I am 37 years old and just had my 3rd child. I was a single mom with the first 2 and had to work, sometimes 2 jobs. With this last baby, I wanted to be here with him and for him. Daycare in my area is more than my husband and I could afford even with a good salary, so it works out all the way around. I finally get to raise my baby! The first 2 are teenagers and almost out of the house so, I still dont get the time with them that I missed out on while they were growing up. My youngest is 4 months old and I plan to be around for every first! It goes by so fast!!

Christen - posted on 03/09/2010

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Day care is outrageous. I am looking at $600 dollars right now for part-time care for 2 kids and full time for 1. This summer its looking to be about 1100.

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FT Daycare in Toronto ranges from $1200 - $1700 a month. PT (after school) is about $700 a month.



I am a stay at home mom and love it!

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2010

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I am a stay at home mom. I would like to get a job but my husband and I decided it would be pointless because ALL the money I would make would go to daycare. I would just be working to pay someone else to take care of my daughter when I can do it for free.

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2010

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I am a stay-at-home mom but my daughter is in daycare 4 days a week. I pay $183/week. This is a learning center daycare so they are teaching her numbers/letters etc.

Tara - posted on 03/09/2010

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I pay $100.00/ week so $400.00 a month. It's 20 bucks a day! I wish I could be a stay at home mom but right now, that's just not possible.

Donna - posted on 03/09/2010

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some interesting reading...I am a Daycare Provider of 20years. If you have the option, work while your child is young, the right person will provide the cuddles/lap time/hugs and growth tools for your infant-toddler, Your child will need you the most when they are in school. They will want to come home to a parent and explain their day, good or bad, and believe me I could tell what kind of day my kids had by the way they walked up the driveway. When looking for a Daycare Provider, go w/a list of questions, ask about qualifications/training. Once you feel comfortable, the amount you pay will not be as big a question, because you will have a sense of security, you will know that your child is loved, safe, and happy, threfore you will be able to do your job and less stress all around.

Rikky - posted on 03/08/2010

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I have just had my 5th child, and none of them have ever seen the inside of a day care centre. I cant handle the thought of missing out on seeing them grow, or strangers looking after them. We have one income, rent and are definately not rich, but my children want for nothing, and its me that is with them when they fall or are sick, me, not a stranger.

Amber - posted on 03/08/2010

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Oh man daycare is so expensive, we put my son in it while i was going to school and it cost 300 a month and that was just two days a week!!!

Rikky - posted on 03/08/2010

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I dont see much point in paying all your wages for someone to look after your kids, seems ironic to work and pay such ludicrous amounts when it doesnt benefit you or the child.

Gina - posted on 03/08/2010

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Anyone in the Sacramento/Rancho Cordova area of California have any recommendations on Day Care?

Tanya - posted on 03/08/2010

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i can bring my son to work and i also babysit. i enjoy watching him grow. but it can be hard sometimes since hes trying to walk

Stephanie - posted on 03/08/2010

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it's insane to think how much daycare costs these days! I used to work full time and luckily after my son was born became a stay at home mother. I'm very lucky to not work anymore. There's nothing that compares to staying home with your baby and watching them grow up. I feel sad for my friends who pay crazy amounts of money.. because they don't have the option to be at home like I do. I am very thankful for it everyday ;)

Amber - posted on 03/08/2010

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I babysit a 4 year old girl and charge $3.00/hr. I have her 3 days a week for 5.5 hours and 2 days a week for an hour (in between parents work schedule). It works out well as my oldest is 2 and they play well together and I get some one on one time with my 1 year old (who will eventually play as well) and I can contribute to our big home money some. I serve her lunch and pick her up on the short days.

Luella - posted on 03/08/2010

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I am a stay at home mom, I felt my kids are better people for it, they act like kids their age should act, and other people see it, my kids are friendly and innocent, they get my undivided attention. Plus the job I had before having kids paid above minimum wage, but I would still be paying the day care all of my money plus some of my husbands money, just so I could let someone else raise my children, which was so not worth it to me, 8 hours a day for at least 5 days a week is a lot of bonding time and influencing you are allowing someone else to do with your child.

Jenn - posted on 03/08/2010

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i was paying $640 for 2 kids a month full time. i now stay at home during the week and only work weekends and a few hours monday. my husband takes care of them during this time.

Tah - posted on 03/07/2010

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shannon you work all night and then watch kids, when do you sleep. i work nights and when i get home i have enough energy to put the kids on the bus, crock pot dinner, feed the dog and drag myself up the stairs and hope i make it to the bed...wow

Tabitha - posted on 03/07/2010

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Amy~ $13,000 in childcare a month!? How do you aford that for one child? Why not stay at home?

Karen - posted on 03/06/2010

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I work from home so I can be with my children. I have six and homeschool them as well.

Shannon - posted on 03/06/2010

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I never liked sending my kids to daycares ,except if i worked for the company, so i could keep an eye on them. I work nights so i dont have to put them in daycare and i also babysit in the day time so i would be there for my children if they were sick, I'm also a single Mother of 2 boys, i do whats best for me and my boys, if anybody needs a cheep babbysitter get at me at my email elsapo75@yahoo.com

Christine - posted on 03/06/2010

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In my area we have a program called BCIU and it helps with child care if you are in the income guidelines. I currently pay $25 a week for part time (before and after school) during the summer for full time, I pay $50 a week. Some of the day cares will charge you the difference with what your co-pay is and what they actually charge, some do not. I was lucky and found a GREAT church run day care that does not charge the difference and walks my daughter to and from school. You should look into your states programs! Good luck!

Jasmine - posted on 03/06/2010

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I pay $180 a week...I supply diapering needs, extra clothes, bedding, etc.... I do not have to supply any food or eating utensils unless I want my daughter to use something different. However, I would rather be a stay at home mom I am an early childhood teacher and its very hard taking care of kids all day and paying for mine....I would rather stay at home and teach her myself. The plus side to daycare is socialization

User - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son has been going to daycare for 2yrs and i pay 32.00 $ a week for the 1st yr my bestfriend was watching my son and i was paying her 120.00 a week but then i heard about care4kids and they go by your income and i was lucky enough to get excepted.

Reedll - posted on 03/06/2010

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I used to pay 456.00 a month for my son until he became of school age. Now I send him to the Boys and Girls Club, 20$ for the entire year and the boys and girls club bus picks him up from school and took him to their club and they stay open until 9PM. So, I have it made. Thank GOD for that. Now he is 8 years old. Not a stay at home mom, I don't think I can handle being a stay at home mom.

Jenny - posted on 03/06/2010

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I work part time at a YMCA and can bring him with me to my shifts...they're short, 2 hour shifts, 2 days a week and I do some training also there, but do that when I don't have to bring him. I also do a part time job from home. My son is 20 months and I have often thought of putting him somewhere 1 day a week so I could work on my blog writing job from home, but it's still expensive to do that even. I worked full time before having him and when I weighed my salary with the daycare costs, I didn't feel like it was worth it....I love being at home and able to do things with him, but being at home can be tough too!! My friends who work full time wish they could be home, so as they say "the grass is always greener on the otherside" :)

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2010

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My fiance and I worked different shifts so we got away with not paing that much for daycare. you dont see much of eachother except on weekends but you make money and save it to. I would say about 40 a week. But our son was only there a 3 hours a day.

Gabrielle - posted on 03/06/2010

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300.00 week for infant care, 250.00 week for preschool for my 3 yr old. this is so cal, expensive

Jae - posted on 03/06/2010

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I only pay $23 a day and my son goes about 4 days a week making it about $300 a month. It all depends where you go. Home day cares tend to charge a little less but they get two weeks of vacation that you have to still pay for and then find a back up but they do have to give you plenty of advice.

SHAUNER - posted on 03/05/2010

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I pay $640 a month. My daughter's day care is private/in home and I am very blessed that I met her through a mutual friend. She is excellent with kids and she takes very good care of my baby.

Whitecap78 - posted on 03/05/2010

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I pay about $800 a month for 1 in full time day care, another part time and another in afterschool 3 days a week. I work part time and am praying to find something for the summer to keep the accounts from going under. I enjoying getting out of the house. i love my children but need a break and some adult conversation.

Magdalena - posted on 03/05/2010

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Have you looked into state funding? In florida they have programs that help you get subsidized daycare. I used to pay 35 a week and that was both kids together.. not too bad!

Tah - posted on 03/05/2010

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@rori i am an LPN finishing my LPN-RN classes and I would have to be a doctor to afford that..For what you pay they should be teaching them everything you mentioned and they should be picking you up from work when they get done...that is ALOT of money...

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We pay $80 for a full week of daycare that provides: food, drink, and a few baby items. If we do not plan on using them for a full week we pay $20 a day......so one day a week is $20 and so on.

Sarah - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have a verybig family 5 sisters we all take turns so no extra money go for daycare

Sandra - posted on 03/05/2010

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looking into daycares now(husband and I currenly work opposite shifts but his hours are changing and causing a 2hr overlap)..most places in my area run about $300 a week for 5 4hr days

Sandi - posted on 03/05/2010

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I pay $675 per month for my son to attend a christian school all day preschool and I pay $655 for my daughter to attend an in home daycare. When she is potty trained then she will also be moving to the Christian School Preschool. I was a stay at home mom for my now 15 year old, I love my kids more than Life but I am just not built to be the stay at home kind.

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I feel like I'm getting jipped reading all these replies!! I pay $126 per DAY for 2 kids! $75 for my 14 mo. old and $51 for my 4 yr old. They only go 1 day per week for this reason. The price does go down the more they go but it would be $880 per month if I added an extra day each week. (Right now it's $504 per month for the 1 day). Despite all this, it is an awesome daycare! They are open from 5:30 am to 8:00 pm which I need because I work 12 hr shifts as an RN. Most are open 7-6pm which doesn't work for me. They also do payroll deduction which I like. I am very impressed with them. The kids go out twice a day to the playground and to walk around the block. They are teaching my 4 yr old to read, count, use the computer, Spanish, etc. She thinks she's going to "school" and loves it! At the end of each year I get a scrapbook from each kid the teachers make with pictures of my kids at daycare interacting with other kids. I get a report card every day on what they did, what they ate, how many times my babies diaper was changed and the time, what time they napped and for how long, etc. I also get little gifts my kids make for Mother's day or Christmas, etc. (The baby gifts are usually something with their handprint on it). I had an offer from a friend who is a stay at home mom to watch them full-time (3 days per wk) for me for the same price I pay for the 1 day per week at the daycare and I've thought about pulling them out to save money but then I would just have to enroll my 4 yr old in a preschool and pay extra for that. I think the social skills they learn as well as everything else is worth the extra money so I opted to keep them at the daycare and pay my friend to watch them the additional 1-2 days per week. Sorry so long but I hope this helps!

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