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There's still snow on the ground in many states, but parents everywhere are thinking about summer camps, preschool and kindergarten enrollment, changing childcare needs -- and how to pay for it all. Which got us thinking: Just how much are we shelling out on childcare each week? And what's everyone else spending?
The answer, not surprisingly, runs the gamut, and is mostly influenced by geography. In an informal poll we did last year, we found that parents in major cities and upscale suburban neighborhoods pay the most for help, spending $10 to $16 per hour for fulltime nannies (which by the way, is far more than teachers, substitutes, and daycare workers get paid on average). For daycare, the rate was about $8.50 per hour or less. In Midwestern states and rural areas, parents reported paying nanny fees around $6-7 per hour.
Here's how it all broke down per week (not including things like days off etc).
$350/week; home-based daycare; 1 kid; Brooklyn, NY
$260/week; daycare; 1 kid; Milwaukee, WI.
$480/week; nanny; 3 kids; Dallas TX
$375/week; daycare; 1 kid; Medford, NY
$625/week; nanny; 2 kids; South Orange, NJ
$625/week; nanny; 1 kid, NY, NY
$700/week; nanny; 1 kid; Boston, MA
$400/week; nanny; 3 kids; Brookfield, IL
$650/week; live-in nanny; 2 kids (twins); Maplewood, NJ
$850/week; nanny; 2 kids (twins); Philadelphia, PA
$400/week; live-in nanny; 2 kids; Long Island, NY
$450/week; nanny; 1 kid; Queens, NY
$260/week; daycare; 1 kid; New Berlin, WI
How much are YOU paying for childcare? What's your arrangement? Chime in below! (Be sure to include where you live!)