Day-care costs and the economy

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2003
Day-care costs and the economy
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Wed, 07-09-2008 - 1:10pm

The NYT had an article this weekend about raising the price of their day-care costs.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 1:13pm
We give our nanny a raise every spring, but we could definitely use cheaper childcare now that the boys are older if we were feeling pinched.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-2006
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 1:25pm
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 1:37pm
I think people should take long term earnings into consideration before deciding to SAH because it's not worth it to WOH.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-2006
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 1:47pm
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2008
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 2:04pm

Hi. I am a new mom and will be having my neighbor watch my son three days a week in her home once I go back to work when he is three months old. Any ideas what the going rates are for day care in the home? We are trying to figure out a fair price range. I know that the day care centers charge for full time whether the baby is there two or five days a week and they range from $800 to $1000 per month. I'd love some input. Thanks!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 3:10pm
It varies greatly by geographic location. I'd ask friends and neighbors in your area. Good luck!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-22-2008
Wed, 07-09-2008 - 6:54pm
Any daycare center I've ever used has an annual 3-5% increase in price. I think that's fairly standard. This year, for the summer daycare/camp my kids attend, they increased, substantially the "activity" fee that covers field trips etc. Mainly to compensate for increased transportation
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 12:10am

You need to call around to home daycares in your area. Here in San Diego county, the home daycare I used now charges $30 a day for part time (defined as 4 or less days a week) and $135 a week for full time (4-5 days a week, regardless of the number of hours per day). She is actually one of the cheapest in town as she keeps her prices down in order to accommodate lower income families. And she is also one of the few who takes state payments for daycare.

Chris

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2008
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 10:16am
Ok. Thank you so much. I searched online quite a bit yesterday just to get an idea, but rates vary quite a bit depending on location. I am still waiting to hear back from a lady who just recently did child care in her home to find out how much she charged, but $135 a week/$30 per day sounds great. I am going back 3 days a week and was thinking about the $120 range.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2007
Thu, 07-10-2008 - 10:31am
Another avenue you may want to look into is your local churches.

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