(Closed) Hidden Childcare Costs

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had to call most places individually to find out pricing; I couldn’t find that information online.  I think they like you to contact them so they can tell you other pertinent information at the same time (like ages they accept, waitlist lengths, etc…).

Post # 4
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve works in a few centers, and it’s not uncommon to not announce costing. Just call them up and ask. Theyshouldn’t require that you meet with them for a tour. Just say your inquiring about the cost of care. 

Post # 5
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Ask how much it is if you are late… some daycares charge exhorbitant prices after hours because someone has to wait for you. I think I heard $10 for every 15 minutes?

Post # 7
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

No kids, and not TTC yet, but I have looked into child care to budget for the future too. I haven’t had any problems finding their prices online. I usually have to download their current application though, so it isn’t displayed on the actual website.

Post # 8
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve been talking with coworkers about this (trying to decide if we can afford to stay in the Bay Area when we have kids!) and their advice is:

Take all of your extra money, put it in on a raft along with all of your favorite furniture and set fire to it as you set it off to drift on the evening tide.

(they were only half joking)

My boss lives in 930 square feet with his wife and 2 kids under 3 yrs old, drives an 8 year old Honda and pays $3400 a month for daycare. And he’s a manager in BioTech. It’s that expensive here. He said they called around and got pricing, and that they are at a place on the lower end of the spectrum and that it isn’t anything fancy (which I actually beleive after seeing what he drives 😉 ).

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