(Closed) How much do you pay for daycare?

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
Post # 16
2442 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m due in early June but we’re signed up at a daycare that charges $242/week for infant care (5 days a week). It drops a little at 12 months. 

We’re in Missouri.

Post # 17
262 posts
Helper bee

We pay $320 per week for full time infant care.

Post # 18
1811 posts
Buzzing bee

She’s 5 years old and we pay a little over $1000 a month for her, 9 hours/day approximately. We are in New Husband. But it’s going down this year (kindergarten rates are less) and again next year when it’s just after care for first grade. Thank GOD!

Post # 19
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We are in Kentucky and my son went to the top rated licensed day care in our area so it is more pricey then other options here. From 6 weeks-1 year it was $300 a week. 1-5 years it was $250. They had very small class sizes and wonderful teachers. His whole class of 10 kids could all read before starting kindergarten and had strong math skills. Now that he is in school he still rides the bus there for a couple of hours until I finish work. It’s $10 a day for this and they help him with homework so he always has that done before I get him. We love his daycare and I wouldn’t have sent him anywhere else. 

Post # 20
1129 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

$57 a day in Canada. Toddler!

Post # 21
9586 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s $256/week for our 8 month old and doesn’t decrease until she’s 2.

Post # 22
5827 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m due in June but daycare is going to be $1200/month in Northern New Jersey

Post # 23
3091 posts
Sugar bee

Thank God I only now have to pay after care since I have a 6 and 8 year old…260/week.

Post # 24
9818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I live in the midwest (city).  At our center infants are $248 a week (that is about $1074 a mo), 1 year olds are $221, and mine just turned 2 so now we’re paying $208 a week.  5 days, full time.  There were a lot of other centers that were more expensive (up to about $1300/mo for an infant) but I liked this one as much as the others and it was a better price and also had better food.

On the other hand, there are lot of in home type things which are cheaper.

Post # 25
4134 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

$350/week for my almost 2 year old. Just outside of DC.

Post # 26
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t have kids, but I’ve worked in several daycares, so I’m going to weigh in on that.  All of them were about the same, except one. 

I live in central Texas. In general, its roughly about $800/month for an infant, up to a year. Once they hit a year, it goes down to about $750-775. At 18 months, it goes down again, same at 2, 3, and 4. So by time they’re four its anywhere from $500-600. This is just based on the ratios allowed for that age (here, 0-12 months, its 4:1, 12-18 months its 5:1, then all of the sudden at 2 years it jumps to 12:1, then at 3 its 15:1 and at 4 its 18:1. So because a teacher can have more kids to one teacher, the older they are the cheaper it is. 

Some vary slightly depending on whether or not food is brought by parents or offered by the center. 

In home daycares are, as PPs have said, cheaper, just because its one person who is basically, making all the money. They aren’t bringing in the money to in turn have to pay it out to other workers, or use it for the utility bill or rent on the daycare building. A friend of mine has a daycare in her house and charges about $100-150/week ( I can’t remember exactly) and offers two meals and a snack included). 

Some places (at least onces I’ve noticed) may charge less, but that is because they will put a teacher with the max amount of children she can have, and offer no help because they won’t hire extra people (to keep costs down) while others may charge a little more, but have two (or more) teachers in a room, so there is never just one teacher (unless there is only say, 2-3 four year olds). So those are just key things to watch out for when something seems like a great deal, to really check those fine lines “behind the scenes” of what is really going on. 

Post # 27
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

The daycare Im on the waiting list for is $2,750 per month for 5 day a week infant care 😩 (San Francisco )

Post # 28
2662 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My 7 month old goes to a daycare center and we pay $295/week in Lincoln, NE.

Post # 29
34 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m an infant teacher in Ohio. Our center charges 175 a week for 6 weeks-18months

Post # 30
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

$250 per month for a school age child. She only goes 3 days per week, before and after school. When she was younger, it was far more expensive! $900 per month for 5 days a week, full time care. 

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