Priced Out of Child Care

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Priced Out of Child Care
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 3:14pm

The Huffington Post has an interesting graphic on the costs of average child care for two children by state versus the states where the costs are more than the annual minimum wage:

I used to live in one of the states that meet the second criteria and paid child care.  We lived in a small town versus metropolotian area, and the costs were much less than portrayed in the graph.  It was several years ago as well, although I thought our daycare provider could've charged more than she actually did.  When I first started I paid $80 a week for my oldest.  When the other kids arrived, she would gave family discounts.  From what I recall,  I think I was paying around $180 for 4 days for 4 children, ages 2-7.  

Any thoughts?

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 3:36pm

I am in one of the "red" states and I know that it is VERY expensive as I hear other parent's saying how much they pay. I was lucky to get 25% off from my employer at the time my kids were in daycare. I looked up at my job and it is now $1,000/month and I have heard up to $1,300/month. This is for only ONE child also.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 4:08pm
I think it depends on a number of factors, and while that's the average, there is obviously a broad spectrum depending on if its in home daycare, a licensed one, etc. We are in a green state, but we paid at the high end of yellow state prices at the licensed daycare we were at. Even at the in-home daycare, we were in the middle of the green bracket, but they weren't getting much more than tv all day long, a few walks outside and outdoor play and meals. Once you hit 2 or more kids in daycare, you definitely have to be making good money to pay for them to be there.
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Registered: 02-24-2009
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 5:14pm
Wow! You got off easy ;) In our area (when dd was small), the cheapest center care was 250-300 a week (one child, not an infant) and that was about 20 years ago.
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Tue, 07-16-2013 - 9:23am

You have to wonder how many working parents are WOH to get by, meaning minimum wage jobs.  



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Registered: 05-13-2009
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 9:44am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>You have to wonder how many working parents are WOH to get by, meaning minimum wage jobs.  </p>

You don't really "have to wonder". You can look it up if you are so inclined to be informed (yw)

Who Makes Up the ‘Working Poor’ in America?

Roughly 46 million people in the U.S., or 15% of the population, lived below the official poverty line in 2011 ($11,484 for an individual or $23,021 for a family of four per year). About 10.4 million of them are considered part of the “working poor.” That means they spent at least half the year in the labor force (working or looking for work), but they still fell below the poverty level.