Post # 1
I plan on TTC in a few months, but I’m trying to budget ahead of time. I live in the DC metro area (northern Virignia) and some friends have told me they pay $350/week. I’ve tried researching daycare costs, but of course they won’t just tell you. They want you to take a tour or talk to someone, which is totally awkward since I’m not even pregnant yet. I just want to know what to expect. Specifically if anyone knows the infant rates for Bright Horizon, Goodard, or another licensed center that would be very helpful. Thanks Bees!
Post # 2
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
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
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
Yikes! Some of those are high! Our average is $200/wk but I’m in the Cleveland, OH area lol.
Post # 6
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
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
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
I’m also in NOVA – we pay $352 for our infant and $305 for our almost 3 year old per week
Post # 10
Meant to add we go to a Minnieland and love it!
Post # 11
Damn. Following because we’ll eventually TTC. We live downtown if anyone knows prices in NW.
Post # 12
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
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)
Post # 14
Thanks for all the great info and advice Bees!
@lovebirds2016 I know exactly how you feel! I’m so baby crazy right now but so nervous, especially when I think about daycare costs! haha
@JiminyCricket omg my stomach just dropped! haha that’s like another mortgage!
@Westwood @sejf83 Yes, I’ve heard of women paying hundreds of dollars in just waitlist fees, because all the daycares in their area were full. I’m really considering a nanny share. I have a few friends who are doing it as well.
@LilliV Yes, that’s exactly what we’re doing. I don’t know how people pay $415/week. It’s shocking, but then again the urge for children is so strong I see how people just make it work no matter what.
Thanks again for all the helpful info!