(Closed) How much do you pay for childcare?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

In my area (Orlando Metro area) decent daycares average $180-250 per week for infant care (up to age 1.)  They only contract for full time care so whether the child attends for one day or all five in a week, you still have to pay for the entire week.  Since I work full time, that means baby would be in daycare from 7:30am until 5:30pm Monday through Friday.  It does not include meals (milk) or diapers, I have to send them in along with a change of cloths and wipes.

This is our main hesitation in starting a family.  It’s a huge expense.  We will likely end up in another arrangement where Fiance is the primary caregiver (I have the corporate job that pays the bills) and we will hire a secondary caregiver (most likely a nanny) to relieve him from time to time when he gets stressed out.  Thankfully Fiance has way more patience than I do because I couldn’t handle being a stay at home parent.

Post # 4
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In my area (DC metro area) childcare is ridiculously expensive.  We just had some tours of different facilities and they are all about the same price with some minor differences.  Prices range from 350/week to 450/week.  Half provided diapers/wipes, half did not.  One place did not include meals but had a meal plan option you could purchase seperately that was about 15 dollars per week.  The others all included breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack for the older kids. These prices were all for infant daycare, full day 6:30am-6:30pm.  Not that you would leave your kid in daycare that long, I think there is a state law that kids can’t be in daycare more than 10 hours per day, but those are their business hours.  Daycare costs are a bit cheaper for toddler, pre-school, and kindergarten so at least the price goes down the longer you use it and not up.  Here there is no option for 2 or 3 day a week daycare for infants, you pay for 5 days a week regardless of whether you use it.  Toddlers and preschoolers though you can select only a few days a week if you wish at a lower cost.  Hope this helps!

Post # 5
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Depends in my area, I live in the Mpls/St. Paul area. Infant in a actual center can be 300-400 a week. It goes lower as the child gets older.  In a in home licensed daycare the fees can vary a lot, but generally are lower.


For your questions


I have 1 child, who is as of today 22 months.


We pay $170.00 a week.


In home licensed daycare provider


5 days a week little more than 40 hours a day with commute time from work for one of us to pick him up.


Daycare provides- Meals, snacks, play to play in and outside, place to nap. Diapers and milk for infants not provided. (either bring pumped BM/ or formula/ baby food)


Suburb of Minneapolis, MN








Post # 6
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re expecting our first in March, and since I’ll have to head back to work at 6 weeks, we’ve already looked into our options. This is the one we’ll be going with.

– How many children do you have? Ages?  1 expected in March, will be going to childcare at 6 weeks

– How much do you pay for childcare (weekly, hourly….?)  $265 per week

– What type of childcare do you use? La Petite Academy

– How many hours or days/week is your child in childcare? 8:30am-5pm Monday through Thursday

– What does that childcare include (meals? diapers? etc?) While an infant we’ll need to drop off breastmilk and diapers. Later, meals are included.

– Where are you located? Richmond, VA

Post # 7
4893 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I don’t have any kids yet, but I work in a daycare in the Atlanta suburbs. Our prices are 230 a week for infants, and it goes down periodically as they get older to 180 for Pre-K. There’s different prices for kids who come part of the week. It includes 1 meal and 2 snacks. Most of them eat breakfast before they come, but sometimes the parents pack something and we’ll feed it to them when they get there. Milk is extra, but I don’t think it’s much. Most of our parents just bring their own. Parents also provide diapers and wipes. Our hours are 6:30am-6:30pm. We have some kids who are there all day, but most of them are there from about 8-5. 

Post # 8
7409 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

During the school year I pay before/after care for my 10 year old at $150/week. Breakfast and snack included.  I pay $165/week for my 2 year old for full time daycare.  All meals included and I provide diapers and wipes. 

Post # 9
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m in south jersey dd is 4 1/2 going into prek. We pay $225 for 4 days. That includes after school care. The school day is technically 9-3ish. There’s another 3 hours of activities.  She is also given 2 healthy snacks a day & a healthy lunch. We used a private babysitter when she was a baby. But our new baby will likely go to her school too. The infant daycare is all day care & activities. Doesn’t include formula or diapers. I believe it’s $265 for 4days. When the baby is old enough to have snacks they do provide them. 


Post # 11
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have one son who is 10 months old.  We pay around $1400/month for day care – about 10 hours a day, 4 days a week.  (I am home with him on Fridays.)  It’s a large “school” that goes from infants through kindergarten.  We are in the NYC suburbs (northern NJ), so it definitely runs pretty expensive, but we love it.  For infants, it doesn’t include anything but care.  We provide diapers, wipes, meals, etc.  I think it will include an afternoon snack once he moves to the next classroom. 

Post # 13
2780 posts
Sugar bee

@ExcitedScaredBee:  We live in Virginia, about a mile from the university and the cost of living here is relatively high. My daughter is coming up on two and has been going to the same home daycare since she was 1. We pay $25 a day, because she only goes once a week, so it’s $100 a month. She gives a deal that if your kid goes full-time (5 days a week) it’s $400 a month. She doesn’t include meals or diapers and we had to provide a pack n play for her to nap in since the other kids sleep on the floor (like they do in kindergarden) and my daughter would not lay down like that. We do have a friend though who brings her daughter full-time to a big facility and pays $900 a month


Post # 14
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I have been researching this a lot lately as we decide whether or not to TTC.

– How many children do you have? Ages? 1 infant (if it’s twins, I’m screwed. lol)

– How much do you pay for childcare (weekly, hourly….?) $1300-2800 per month, depending on whether it’s a daycare or a nanny

– What type of childcare do you use? I am leaning toward a nanny

– How many hours or days/week is your child in childcare? 5 full days a week, but 3 of those days would have 1 parent at home while the nanny is there

– What does that childcare include (meals? diapers? etc?) childcare and light house cleaning (e.g. washing a load of cloth diapers, cleaning up after feeding time)

– Where are you located? Washington DC metro

Post # 15
709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Dang, I can’t believe some daycares charge so much and don’t provide meals! We provide breakfast through dinner, an AM snack and a PM snack. We provide snacks in the infant room that are age appropriate and we also supply the baby food. We just ask for 4 bottles, formula/breast milk, diapers and wipes.

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