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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 10:59am
Hi everyone I have a couple of questions. I am writing a paper that is overlapping my Soc. and Eco. classes. I am focusing on affordable daycare and how it relates to the wel-fare to work program. ect. You can find me as a regular on the Moms in school board.

I have some questions……

1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours?

2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends??

3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children?

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care?

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work?

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare?

7. Are you a single parent?

8. Education level?

9. Personal and Family income level?

Thanks for your answers.

If you are uncomfortable posting your answers or you want to tell me your daycare story on this board I opened a yahoo account.

The email address is daycareques@yahoo.com

TIA,

Mar

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: marz2
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:13am
My boys are now 8 and 10, but I'll answer these questions as I would have when they were in DC.

1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours? Traditional (8:30-4:30).

2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends?? No.

3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children? Yes.

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care? 50-75% (depended on if I had one or both children in DC and my salary level at the time.)

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work? N/A

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare? N/A

7. Are you a single parent? No.

8. Education level? BS in Psychology, DH has a BA in biology, an MBA and a DMD (dentist).

9. Personal and Family income level? Back then (when our boys were in DC) it was around $50K-$70K gross.

Some other things to consider, which made a big impact on whether I worked or not was the fact that I provided all healthcare insurance. DH is self-employed and it would have been very expensive to buy private health insurance.

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In reply to: marz2
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:50am
1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours?

Traditional (7:30-4:30, M-F)

2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends??

It's open 6:30-6:30, M-F

3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children?

No

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care?

Now, for after care (son is 9, attends dc 2 hrs per day) it's about 15%. When he was younger in FT care, around 30%.

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work?

N/A

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare?

N/A

7. Are you a single parent?

Yes

8. Education level?

Some college

9. Personal and Family income level?

39k


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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: marz2
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 1:29pm
Oh good point!! I forgot about health ins.

This poll is obviously not a true cross section as all the participants need to have a computer AND internet access. I just started to work on my paper and thought it would be interesting to add data other than the statistics I can find on gov. web sites.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: marz2
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 4:46pm
I'll answer!

1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours?

Pretty traditional here. Although I have a LOT of flexibility and can leave when needed for family/personal reasons. I also have to work the occasional weekend/evening (special events, trade shows, etc)

2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends??

My dc opens at 5:30 am (I'm in a military town) and closes at 6:30pm. No weekend or holiday hours.

3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children?

I am married. However, he travels 30-40%.

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care?

Less than 40%

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work?

N/A

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare?

N/A

7. Are you a single parent?

No

8. Education level?

I have a Master's Degree.

9. Personal and Family income level?

Combined family income is approximately $100K. Mine is approximately $30K.

Just a little more info if you are interested. I pay $99 a week for ds for daycare. He's almost 3. He attends an Early Learning Center that has kids from 1yr to 5yrs. I pay $55 a week for before/after school care for 1st grade dd. In the summer, her cost is $75 for a daycamp.

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Registered: 03-23-2003
In reply to: marz2
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 10:17pm
Here's my answers...

1. Does your job have “traditional” “non-traditional” hours?

Traditional

2. does your daycare offer non-traditional availability??

No

3. Do you have a spouse to help with the children?

Yes

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care?

I'm REALLY bad at math, but I'd say 10% or less

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work?

N/A

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare?

N/A

7. Are you a single parent?

No (but I was at one time)

8. Education level?

Post graduate (master's)

9. Personal and Family income level?

above the midline.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: marz2
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 6:05am
I'm answering this as I would have when my kids were babies as my youngest is 5 now.

1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours? Traditional. 7:00-4:30 ish when dd#1 was born with UAW holidays and 4 weeks vacation (back then, I'm up to 6 now :o))


2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends?? Daycare was open from 6:30-6:00 used it from 8:00-8:30 to 4:00-4:45.


3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children? Yup, dad.


4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care? Difficult to calculate since a big chunk of my income goes right into retirement savings. Just under 20% for one child, Just over 30% for two. Of course that's before the tax write off.

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work? N/A

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare? N/A

7. Are you a single parent? Nope

8. Education level? Working on my second masters degree.

9. Personal and Family income level? Upper middle income

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: marz2
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 1:46pm
OK, I'm a SAHM now, but I'll answer these questions as though I was still working at my last job.


1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours?

Non-traditional hours. I worked rotating shifts, three weekends on each month.

2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends??

Not my daycare, but there are two centers in town that do. My dh worked traditional hours so a traditional center was great for us. Single mothers at the plant utilized at home daycare providers or extended family.


3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children?

Absolutely. I would have never taken the job otherwise. Too much instability for the children in that case.

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care?

My answer is going to seem a bit off because my take home pay was much less than my gross due to extra money automatically being deducted for retirement, stocks, savings, Flex accounts and extra insurances. A rough estimate excluding those 'extras' would be about 18% of my take home for the care of two children.

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work?

No, I became a SAHM to minimize the stress level for the family. It was too chaotic with me working full-time with the odd hours.


6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare?

Absolutely not. I returned to school to earn a second degree while I was a SAHM. There were several options available to me. It was hard work earning that degree with a toddler to care for, while having a husband that was working almost everyday, but it was doable.

7. Are you a single parent?

No, thank goodness.


8. Education level?

Degrees in Biology and Chemistry.


9. Personal and Family income level?

Rather not say, but when I was working we were doing extremely well for our area. My quitting dropped our income by 2/3 and with just that 1/3 we're doing just fine.

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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: marz2
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 8:18pm
1. Does your job have “traditional” (8-5, m-f) or “non-traditional” (such as retail, working weekends) hours? Traditional 9-5 with a lot of flexibility and paid time off.


2. If you are utilizing daycare does your daycare offer non-traditional availability, before 7am, after 7pm, nights, weekends?? No

3. Do you have a spouse( husband, wife, partner, same-sex partner) to help with the children? Yes, DH.

4. What percent of YOUR take home pay goes for day care? About 14%

5. If you are a SAHM is it because you could not “afford” (daycare costs greater than or too much of available take home pay) to work? N/A (You may get a little "feedback" on the wording of this one).

6. If you chose no to attend school is it due to lack of affordable daycare? N/A

7. Are you a single parent? No

8. Education level? I have a B.S. in Journalism. My DH has a B.A. in Business

9. Personal and Family income level? Me: $55,000-$65,000 depending upon bonuses. DH $40,000.