Daycare costs in DC Metro area?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How much do you pay per week for infant daycare?
    100-200 : (0 votes)
    200-300 : (3 votes)
    30 %
    300 : (7 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I live in Northerm Virginia too and I was looking at daycares when my daughter was born (4 mos ago) just to look since I wasn’t sure if I was going back to work or not. I went to Chesterbrook Academy and it was $330/week for full time infant care. Another licensed daycare was $325/week. I ended up just working part time and didn’t end up needing daycare at all. We visited A LOT of daycares so if you want you can PM me for more info!  I’m not sure where exactly in Northern VA you are. 

    Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    My sister paid 400/wk several years ago downtown (it was in one of the govt office buildings, sorry I don’t remember the name). When she had her second kid they did a nanny share in the neighborhood and paid about the same for both kids as for one in the daycare. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    bb1721 :  I’m not in the DC area, but Boston area daycares were the same way – so secretive! They want you to fall in love with their center so that you think the cost is worth it that’s why they want your to tour first. Plus rates are going up all the time. When we started TTC I asked my best friend what she paid and she gave me a full spreadsheet of all the daycares in our area with the prices she was quoted. Obviously 2 years later when I got pregnant the rates had gone up a bit, but it gave me a good ballpark.

    If you aren’t pregnant yet I would probably add $25-50 to the estimates you are getting from friends and then start “paying” that into your savings each week. It will pad your savings account for when you do have a kid, plus you will learn to live without that money and it won’t be such a shock when the time comes! That’s what we did and the finances of having a kid are now the least of our worries even though I’ll have unpaid leave and then daycare at $415/week when I go back to work.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    Yikes!  Some of those are high!  Our average is $200/wk but I’m in the Cleveland, OH area lol.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I’m in NOVA too and planning on TTC soon (I think… I keep getting nervous haha). Sticking around to see if others have intel as well.

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Just following for the intelligence!  Not TTC, but this is on my radar for the not-so-distant future.  I have neighbors who told me they paid 3k a month for childcare for 2 kids (not infant care).  I died a little inside when they said that.

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Bright Horizons in Crystal City was around $2400/month when we went there a year ago. The ratio there is 3:1 due to county regulations, so it is a little higher. Bright Horizons Old Town Alexandria was a few hundred a month cheaper, if I recall. Ratio there is 4:1.

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m also in NOVA – we pay $352 for our infant and $305 for our almost 3 year old per week

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Meant to add we go to a Minnieland and love it!

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Damn.  Following because we’ll eventually TTC. We live downtown if anyone knows prices in NW.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Lol good luck finding infant care for $100/week anywhere, let alone DC. We pay $260/week and we don’t live in a HCOL area at all.

    I would go ahead and do the tours, because the high demand daycares may have waiting lists longer than your pregnancy will be.

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Westwood :  Excellent point. Took us 7 months on a waitlist to get into a daycare center. We did a nanny share in the meantime. (I am in NoVa)

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