(Closed) The average cost of Daycare

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: The average cost....Monthly
    $100-500 : (5 votes)
    13 %
    $500-1000 : (10 votes)
    26 %
    $1000-1500 : (14 votes)
    36 %
    $1500 2000 : (10 votes)
    26 %
    $2000 and up : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Average, run of the mill daycare in my area (Upstate, NY) is roughly $1k p/month. My BIL and SIL pay $50 a day for our niece.

    It may be helpful to expand your poll a bit since I can almost guarantee that you’ll get a whole lot of $1000 and up votes. 

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    In my experience, Daycare is one of those expenses (like Rent) that is very much reflective upon WHERE you live

    So more info here would be helpful.

    As well, prices can vary greatly depending upon what type of Daycare you are looking for… a HUGE facility or putting the Baby in a Private Situation (be it a smaller facility… or in someone’s home).  This is especially so if you need EXTENDED HOURS… some places will accommodate, some will not.  And any that will will want BIG BUCKS for those extra hours !!

    There are advantages and disadvantages to all of them… and I found that when my kids were in care, that what worked for one child may not work for another… or what worked for an infant didn’t make sense for a toddler …

    And there were most certainly times where I was the BEST care taker for my child… so had to make adjustments to my career expectations / goals (staying home for awhile – working part time – taking a less demanding position / forgoing a promotion etc)

    And for the record, as a Mom you might find that those “sacrifices” aren’t just restricted to the pre-school years.  There were certainly times in my children’s development that their “needs” clearly came first… and I had to make adjustments… be they in Elementary School or High School.

    Hope this helps (some),

    PS… Mid 1980s and I was paying $ 125 to $150 per week, per child in a major Canadian City.  Which is WHY some folks who have more than one-child opt to get a Nanny which will come into your home for a flat-rate… and gives you more options in regards to flexibility.

    Pre-School for the Toddler & Nursery School / Kindergarten set is even more expensive than the weekly amounts above (Montessori).

    So ya, Children are VERY EXPENSIVE (lol, but worth it)

     

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    We paid $1,200/month for a newborn and an after school aged child for daycare for 3 days a week.

    Post # 6
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    233 posts
    Helper bee

    I worked at an infant daycare in Tennessee a few years ago and it cost $950 a month for infant care.  This wasn’t a fancy faclity, just mid-range “make sure the kids are fed and not killing ech other” kind of facility.

    In Seattle, it is about $1,500 a month for a mid-range daycare. 

     

    Post # 8
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    6824 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It also depends on if you are doing a center or in home daycare. For example a center cost in the metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul will run you anywhere from 350-400 a week.  Now we found a in home daycare who the woman is licenses and we pay $170 a week….

    Post # 9
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    325 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are looking at daycare options now and have three in consideration ranging from around $1480 – $1500 per month (in the suburban Chicago area).

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We have subsidized daycare and those spots are $7/day – I pay about $100 per month for a school aged child. When my daughter was little and in a home daycare (two years old – five years old), I paid $25/day – $500ish a month.

    We’ve been looking in the area where we’ll likely be living when we have another baby, and it’s around $1300/per month for an infant – although that’s the best center in the city with a waiting list a mile long. It varies *so* much, from place to place and depending on if you’ve got access to registered home daycares or regular daycare (which tends to be a lot more expensive).

    Post # 12
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @June232012:  The sooner the better, some places have waiting lists!  Qualities definately safety factors between building and personal/day care provider.  It depends on if you are doing center or in home.  There is a difference.  For in home we went for a licensed individual and did a back ground check on her.  Go with your gut.  If the person or place doesn’t feel right then probably isn’t. We looked for how clean the place was to to how many fire exits, etc…

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @kittyface:  Lol, ah yes the Quebec Government’s “Baby Initiative Program”… hence the $ 7 a Day Daycare (lol… even 25+ Years ago, I never had daycare that cheap)

    Count yourself lucky… because as you’ve discovered, when the real world catches up with you (if it does) the reality will be STINGING to your wallet

     

    Post # 14
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    653 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Daycare in my area ranges from 1000 to 1500 at the least. It depends on the location, age, what you want for you child and how many children. I know a family who pays about 450 a week for two children. My DH and I are TTC now and we are going down the SAHM route due to the cost. We also considered a nanny or babysitter but the better the nanny/babysitter the more they charge. Doing both myself and charging based on age and how mucH involvement in the child’s daily activities (driving, playdates, etc.), I know I’d end up paying around 10 to 15 dollars an hour. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    In the bay area, daycare starts at $1500/month, and very rapidly goes up. It’s so expensive, actually, that it may well be a cost that prevents us from having more than one kid.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I pay my aunt $300 a week to come to my house and watch my daughter.

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