Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are planning way ahead about childcare for *hopefully* our little one. I called around in the Atlanta area and honestly I am shocked.
I had no idea. I am finding most places on average cost 300 a week!
Momma bees, what do you pay for infant daycare in your area? We wish we had family to help with some of the cost but we dont.
Post # 3
I am not a mom, but my Mother-In-Law has an in-home daycare, and she charges $55 a day, and $65 a day for babies. Most of them come 5 days/week and for 7-8 hours/day.
She is in the Seattle area.
Post # 4
That’s about the average here as well. Its crazy!!
Post # 5
Where I live (Boston) day care is 2K a month!!! It’s insane.
I will probably cut down to 4 days a week at work and my mom will watch at least one day, leaving 3 days of child care to pay for. There are some places that allow part time for $100/day. So, that’s still $300 a week for part time day care. So crazy.
Post # 6
@MissDareDevil: if we get lucky and have a family, I think we are going to have to go the in home route.
Post # 7
@winniewolf: oh geez…thats more than our mortgage. 🙁
Post # 7
I’m blessed enough to be able to work from home…
I know that what my parents did was while my sis and I were too young for school my mom ran a registered day home. Then when we started school she worked part time (the hours we were in school) b/c she ultimately gave themselves a pay raise by not having to pay childcare.
Not sure if those are options for you but thought I should share just in case 😉
Post # 8
@ pantera – definitely a second mortgage! hoping my mom will want to watch a few days a week (she already committed to one…even though i’m not P yet : )
I would love to have in home care for the other few days a week if we can afford it.
Post # 9
Childcare has always been outrageous. That is one reason why I chose to be a stay at home mom. By the time you pay childcare, unless you make way more than minimum wage, it just isn’t worth it, and the sad thing is, by the time you figure out how much the childcare worker is making, it is usually considerably less than minimum wage and you are trusting them with your child(ren).
Post # 10
I work at an early childcare center. For infants we charge $318.00 a week, it goes down from there.
The real kicker is I have 8 babies in my classroom, I am the lead with a helper at all times. I make 10.50 an hour (and I’m the highest paid teacher). I would not be able to send my own children to the center based on my salary!
*I should add that in the infant room because of the high demand babies have to go all week (or at least pay for full time). So even if you are only bringing your child in for 3 days a week (say mom or dad watches them the other 2 days) you are still responsible for the entire week tuition.*
Post # 11
I work from home 3 days a week so I would only need care 2 days. I have found most places will charge you for the full week anyway.
I have gotten the strangest replys from people ask when I am expecting and I tell them “oh, I’m not even pregnant yet” I can’t help it. I am a worrier…errr…planner.
cart meet horse.
Post # 12
People are often surprised that childcare workers need a living wage too.
If this is what people do for a living, whether it is in their home, where they can only safely look after a limited number of children, or in a commercial operation where they have huge costs associated with regulations and staffing, they have the same bills to pay as the rest of us.
If you worked at home but only had two clients, how much would you have to charge to make a decent living?
I would think that in the US where you have some many more income tax eligible deductions than we do, these costs must be tax deductible.
Post # 13
I worked at his daycare full time so I got a 50% discount. It was only $167 bi weekly! (what it cost everyone else per week) However I only made $400 bi weekly once daycare was taken out and I lived on my own (just us 2)… It wasn’t fun for us the 4 years he was there but we made it through, the price decreases the older they are.. ours started at infants: $313 a week and went down with age until 5 yrs of age: $167 a week. My Fiance wants another baby but I don’t think daycare is worth paying for if I’m barely making more than it’ll cost to enroll the child and I won’t work in a daycare again… it’s hard hard work for very VERY little pay.
Post # 14
It’s $500 a week in CT. Totally insane.
Post # 15
Still TTC, but my friends in the NOVA/DC area tell me that it’s $1200-$1600 for an infant and you can’t do part time. So even if you have someone like family that could look after them a few days a weeek, you’d still have to pay a full week at day care. Can’t imagine what people do with twins!