Wow, child care is pricey... (m)

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Wow, child care is pricey... (m)
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 3:21pm
My parents went to Hawaii, and my MIL couldn't get a good deal on an airline ticket, so I thought I would just take time off/wah for two weeks. Well then my cousin's fiance came about..... she was a private nanny for 5 years and is great with kids. She got laid off from Qwest recently and is in the "job pool" looking for employment and going to the job-center, etc. She is so sweet and my kids love her anyways, so I hired her for two days last week and two days this week. I am paying her $10/hour. I know that's a little much, but it was in my home, at last minute, and I need to make it worth her while since it takes away from time she could be job searching/interviewing..... but I got to thinking writing out those $90 checks each day..... this sucks. And if I had to do it regularly, I'd SAH, lol. Thank heavens my parents watch the kids and don't charge. Now I guess I can understand the argument of where "well I would work if I didn't have to pay dc costs" comes from. I don't make peanuts. I make almost 5 times that an hour so it's "worth it", but man, I started to look at it as "well, I work 2 hours a day just to pay the sitter in addition to the 4 hours I work to pay the government, so I only work 2 hours fun money, man I wouldnt do this all the time, it wouldn't be worth it" or "there goes a new pair of sandals in child care". Wow, this past week has really opened my eyes and made me appreciate my parents on Mondays and Thursdays. What is everyone paying in DC costs? And what is the situation (in home nanny or center, etc). BTW, I have two kids that she cared for Ages 4.5 and 1 (as of this Saturday. YIPPEE to my big boy!)

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:16pm
We have pretty amazing childcare subsidies here even for dual income families, so we're very fortunate. I wouldn't be able to work, otherwise.

We have our three kids registered for CCB (Child Care Benefits). This is under control of the Taxation Department, so you just put in your tax return, let them know the provider number of the daycare provider, and they send you a letter telling you what percentage benefit you get, based on your income. The percentage is worked out on a sliding scale - the more money you earn, the less your percentage. I get 102%, which doesn't mean that my child care provider pays me :) What happens is that the government works out a 'scheduled fee', ie, a base line rate of care, and they reimburse the centre the percentage benefit of that amount. So centres that charge more, still charge more, and only get the scheduled fee back of the govt, and the parents are billed the balance. 104% is the maximum subsidy.

Out of school hours care is much more expensive for me than daycare. We pay $45 (approx $28US) a week, after Child Care Benefit, for three mornings (7:45am - 8:45am) and three afternoons (3:30pm - 5:00pm) for two children. The youngest is in three full days a week, and it costs us about the same. It's $48 (approx $30US) a day before the CCB, so we are getting a significant benefit.

Next to food, our daycare expenses are possibly the biggest single expense for our family.

pax

Jane

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:45pm
When I had both boys in DC about 5 years ago, I was paying $1300/month. That was 5 days a week. My folks had been caring for them 1 day a week, but my mom's health became an issue and we went to 5 days at DC. When I had 1 in DC 4 years ago it was $700/month.

Now that they're both in elementary school, they're not in any sort of aftercare, so I'm not paying anything for childcare any longer.

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 6:14pm
$152/week for infant care, full-time, $125 for pre-schoolers here.

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 6:29pm
That's one of the reasons, I am at home now. I think the cost at dc centers here for under 2 is over $1000/month now. I used to think that I would go back when the ds's were in full time school, but the cost of summer "daycare" (extended day camps) is astronomical and you have to sign up with cash in hand in February ( and hope you get in).
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 7:19pm
I pay $110 a week for ds's daycare, plus a yearly fee of about $50. I think the rate goes up a bit as he changes classes (he's in the 1-2 year old room now) since it's also a preschool, but I'm not sure exactly how much. And happy belated birthday to your big one-year-old!
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 4:01am
We have a nanny right now. She works 35 hours per week (3.5 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours in the afternoon -- and she is free from 10-2 every day) at $11 per hour (BTW, that's at the lower end of the nanny pay scale) so she makes almost $440/week + taxes on top of that. I make more than double that per week. For that salary, she gets the kids up and off to school, takes care of their laundry, dishes, sheets and straightens the den. Sometimes she "turns over" the kids' seasonal clothes and/or does a thorough cleaning in there.

When we used family home childcare generally we paid about $90-$125/week. Preschool was $150/week, but it included lunch + snacks and a great program.

Eileen

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 11:19am
I am just jumping into posting here; I'm new.

We considered hiring an Au Pair or Nanny, but the cost was more than one of our salaries. We want that level of care (one-on-one) for our daughter, but we just can't afford it. So, we researched more traditional childcare options in our area.

We live in Montgomery County, MD (a suburb of DC) and the costs are astronomical. $260 a week for infants is considered cheap. I am on maternity leave until April 22, and then my daughter (currently 7 weeks) will be with a home daycare provider for $180 a week. However, this is only for four days a week at 9 hours a day. I have been with my employer long enough to have earned some flexibility in my schedule, and they are letting me telecommute one day per week.

So, to summarize: $180 for a 4-day week, for an infant

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 12:13pm
wow - i am lurking but i can't believe how expensive some people's child care is!!

here ds goes to the best daycare in the area and it is considered very expensive at $600 per month for an infant, in a few months, when his sibling joins him, we'll be paying $800 per month for 2 infants. ds goes 5 days a week, 7 hours a day. the provide nutritious lunches and snacks. when he was eating baby food, they provided organic baby food and cereal for him. our friends think we're nuts to have him in such an expensive place when we could get home daycare for much cheaper but we wanted him in a certain environment and this was the only place that accomidated that. the ratio is low - there are 4 children maximum to a caregiver and every caregiver has an ECE degree. if they work in the infant room - they have an infant/toddler specialty. he has the same caregiver every day. the other thing i like is that they encourage us to visit whenever we want so dh or i usually goes and spends at least an hour a day with him on our breaks. we pay the maximum fee but if you have a lower income you can get subsidized and as well if you are under 20 and attending school full time, daycare is free for you.

emily (ds 9.5 months, edd may 19)

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 5:52pm
This is EXACTLY the position I am in. I am not currently working, but would like to. If I'm lucky I could make $12 an hour. I have two dd's, 6 and 3. The oldest is in first grade, but school will be out June 10. Yhe youngest is bussed to preschool in the mornings and is gone a total of 3 hours. I would be looking at paying half my check or more to daycare and with commute, time away, etc. it just doesn't make sense. Of course, we still need the money, so I am looking at getting something in the evening which I've done before and don't particularly enjoy. You are VERY LUCKY to have a relative provide this to you for free. I don't have any relatives who are that generous. I get very depressed and bored at home and I'd like to give my girls more opportunity to interact with other children. Basically I'm screwed: can't afford to work and can't afford not to work.

Lisa

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