Post # 1
Hi Bees. DH and I are hoping to TTC this fall, so in preparation we are reviewing budgets and costs. I am having a hard time finding prices on infant care and day care in my area. Every single site says to contact them for tuition and applications. This is at odds with most of the reading I’ve done about how to find a good daycare: look for transparency in pricing, cleanliness, friendliness of staff, and ratios.
For bees with kids or who have done research, where you able to price childcare online or did you have to fill out applications, take tours and meet with centers first? I live in a moderately sized town, and DH and I know a lot of people. The last thing I need is our info gathering sessions widely broadcasting to everyone our potential plans before we are ready to share them ourselves. I also feel ridiculous going and meeting and touring places when we haven’t even started TTC.
Did anyone else have a problem with getting pricing on childcare options?
Post # 3
I had to call most places individually to find out pricing; I couldn’t find that information online. I think they like you to contact them so they can tell you other pertinent information at the same time (like ages they accept, waitlist lengths, etc…).
Post # 4
I’ve works in a few centers, and it’s not uncommon to not announce costing. Just call them up and ask. Theyshouldn’t require that you meet with them for a tour. Just say your inquiring about the cost of care.
Post # 5
Ask how much it is if you are late… some daycares charge exhorbitant prices after hours because someone has to wait for you. I think I heard $10 for every 15 minutes?
Post # 6
Ok, so it sounds like phone is the way to go! Thank you ladies. Sigh. I love the internet and was really hoping to not have to pick up that thing with the cord that rings every so often, sits on the counter, and I can’t rememeber what it does 🙂
Ohh, good point on the late pick up fee too!
Post # 7
No kids, and not TTC yet, but I have looked into child care to budget for the future too. I haven’t had any problems finding their prices online. I usually have to download their current application though, so it isn’t displayed on the actual website.
Post # 8
I’ve been talking with coworkers about this (trying to decide if we can afford to stay in the Bay Area when we have kids!) and their advice is:
Take all of your extra money, put it in on a raft along with all of your favorite furniture and set fire to it as you set it off to drift on the evening tide.
(they were only half joking)
My boss lives in 930 square feet with his wife and 2 kids under 3 yrs old, drives an 8 year old Honda and pays $3400 a month for daycare. And he’s a manager in BioTech. It’s that expensive here. He said they called around and got pricing, and that they are at a place on the lower end of the spectrum and that it isn’t anything fancy (which I actually beleive after seeing what he drives 😉 ).