Post # 1
DH and I are starting our journey with TTC. I was wondering if you gals could give me the average cost of daycare. I am a research biologist with crazy hours. However, my DH is a social worker with a 9-5 every now and then he has to work late (at least once or twice a month). We don;t have any family in the state that we live in (family is 1 hr away). So most likely the baby will be in daycare. I don’t want to be a stay at home mom and i doubt if my DH will be a stay at home dad. So daycare it is! we are hoping that we could put the baby in daycare part time if possible.
Post # 3
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
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
We paid $1,200/month for a newborn and an after school aged child for daycare for 3 days a week.
Post # 6
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 # 7
@This Time Round: yes thanks… i hear from a lot of women that say me not wanting to be a stay at home mom might change once the baby gets here :). DH and I have student loans and a morgtatge. I don’t want to end up struggling to make ends met (that’s my fear of being a SAHM).
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
@Sassygrn: How soon should you look for a daycare and what qualities should you look for?
Post # 11
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
@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
@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
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
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
I pay my aunt $300 a week to come to my house and watch my daughter.