Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
First off: I am not pregnant!
But, Mr. S and I have been discussing kids a LOT lately. Today, I was talking to a co-worker who has a baby and she told me how much her daycare costs. I couldn’t BELIEVE how much it was, and what’s worse is that she told me that she was getting a great deal and that most daycares are almost twice what she pays.
I suppose I was just really naive.
But I’m curious: what is the average weekly or monthly cost of childcare in your area?
Post # 3
We have friends in central jersey that were paying 17k a year for their infant, I guess it goes down as they get older but we were shocked to say the least. So what is that? $300 a week?
Post # 4
Care providers are only licensed to care for a small number of children, especially under 3 years of age.
They have to charge the fees they do so they can make a decent take- home salary too. Sometimes I think we forget that this is a full time job with a lot of responsibility, not the 3 hrs of babysitting that we used to do when we were teenagers.
Post # 5
In my area (Upstate NY) it is roughly about $180-$280 per week for 5 full days for infant care. Infant care is REALLY expensive and it does go down as they transition to toddler then Pre-K. Often U-PreK is offered through your local elementary for free. Also I did not know this but I am learning a lot of centers do not offer half days for infant care.
I know daycare in NYC is A LOT more so I’d imagine in Philly a bigger metro area it will be as well. If you’re truly curious for financial planning reasons a lot of daycares do list their pricing on their websites.
Here’s an interesting article:
Topping the charts with costs over $10,000 a year for baby and toddler daycare are the following states, beginning with the most expensive: Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Illinois, Washington, and Wisconsin.
By contrast, the states with least expensive childcare are Mississippi ($4,650 a year on average for an infant or toddler), Kentucky ($6,500), and South Carolina ($5,850)
Post # 6
I’m paying a premium but my son’s daycare has a 4:1 ratio in the infant class (usually reality is 3:1 between 9am and 3pm but 4:1 is guaranteed at all times) and it is a NAYEC certified school. For the infant tuition I am paying around $1,550 per month. That price includes all snacks and hot meals once he starts table food. Once he transitions to toddlers/walkers, the price goes down to around $1,150 a month (still including snacks and hot meals) but the ratio of child:caregivers goes up. There are plenty of schools around me that are more in the $900-$1,000 per month for the infant classes but they weren’t the level of attention that I wanted.
Post # 7
I live NW of Boston, and my friend just had a baby and found out that all the centers around here are between $1600 and $1800/month. It’s pretty crazy.
Post # 8
I’m in Northern California, and we pay between $800 – $900/month for full time care of an infant at an in-home daycare. It’s one of the most expensive ones in town, but we feel we’re getting better service, so we’re willing to pay a higher price. Before we switched to daycare, we had a private nanny whom we paid $1800/month plus $200/month food allowance and all taxes.
Post # 9
In my area it is about $250/week for an infant and then goes down each year.
We have spent about $14,000 a year on child care for the past 3 years for my now 3 and 9 year old. I only worked part time. It makes me want to vommit when we get our statement at the end of the year for how much we have spent. I honestly don’t think we could handle full time costs.
ETA: Our monthly bill for an infant and school ager for after school only was $1300/month. Summer months were more because she was there more often. 3 days a week.
Post # 10
I expect that our costs (in DC) will be about $400/week for a nanny share, $300+/week for a day care center. Completely insane.
Post # 11
We pay $990 a month for full time infant care in a center in Northern California. Don’t forget to ask your employer if they offer a dependent care account. You can get up to $5000 pre-tax. Depending in your tax bracket or number of children it may work out better for you than claiming dependent care on your taxes.
Post # 12
I live in Vancouver, Canada, and our costs are insane – $1300-1500 per month!
Post # 13
i live in chicago, and when DS was an infant i paid $250 a week….and now he is in montessorri kindergarden so we pay $320 a month…actually not bad compared to some!
Post # 14
Hey! I would love some info regarding your thoughts on Montessori. My BIL put his 2 girls in a local Montessori program in GA. I’m looking into one near me (Upstate NY) for when the baby turns 18 months.
Please feel free to PM me. 🙂
Post # 15
Child care is crazy expensive, no matter where you are, especially for infants, so I’m not going to try to downplay that.
BUT, there are ways to cut down on the cost a bit. Shop around– for one of those daycare center chain type places, it’s $100 less a week in the town DH works than in the town where I work, even though it’s essentially the same care, same program. If both you and your spouse are able to work 4-10s or even just tweak your schedules, you may be able to cut down daycare to 4 days a week or maybe even 3. If you have family who wants to watch kiddo regularly, if you pay them (in this instance, I don’t know of any family members who have accepted payment), you may end up paying less than you would for daycare (and who better to watch your kid than family?). If you have friends young kids, you may be able to work out a nanny-share with them, which could be cheaper than daycare too. So there’s room to be creative.
Good luck when it does come time to TTC!
Post # 16
I am not pg either, but we have looked in to daycare costs here in South Florida, and they are so high that we can honestly get an in-home nanny to come 3-4 days per week for about the same thing(I work from home, and make my own schedule, so I think I could cram everything in to 3-4 days outside of the house for work, and then 1-2 office days).
It’s very smart to research it now before you’re pg for planning purposes, but it will also give you time to get used to the idea that it is very expensive. I freaked out a little at first, but since it’s had a few months to sink in, I feel like that is just the price of someone taking fabulous care of my baby:) And I feel peaceful about it now!