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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:26 AM

what is the cost with a week of daycare for toddlers.

i know region matters and license or professional daycare center. but, i am curious what people are paying for daycare for their children. if you want to reply, can you put the area and if it is a daycare center or in a home. thanks.

some are part time, but assuming a full week of daycare.

edit... i was way low. i adjusted poll. i hope those that voted can change their vote. sorry. and thanks.
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under $80 a week.
0 (0%)
$80-100
1 (6%)
$100-120
0 (0%)
$120-150.
4 (22%)
$150-180
7 (39%)
over $180.
6 (33%)
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Reply what is the cost with a week of daycare for toddlers. (Original post)
seabeyond Feb 2013 OP
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #1
seabeyond Feb 2013 #3
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #16
gollygee Feb 2013 #2
seabeyond Feb 2013 #4
gollygee Feb 2013 #6
bottomofthehill Feb 2013 #5
seabeyond Feb 2013 #7
bottomofthehill Feb 2013 #12
alcibiades_mystery Feb 2013 #8
MrsMatt Feb 2013 #21
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #9
kdmorris Feb 2013 #10
seabeyond Feb 2013 #15
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #23
seabeyond Feb 2013 #24
RebelOne Feb 2013 #33
kdmorris Feb 2013 #35
LeftyMom Feb 2013 #11
bettyellen Feb 2013 #13
Capt. Obvious Feb 2013 #14
shanti Feb 2013 #36
galileoreloaded Feb 2013 #17
seaglass Feb 2013 #18
Brickbat Feb 2013 #19
cbdo2007 Feb 2013 #20
ChoppinBroccoli Feb 2013 #22
laundry_queen Feb 2013 #25
shanti Feb 2013 #37
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #26
Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 #38
Waltons_Mtn Feb 2013 #27
Butterbean Feb 2013 #28
SidDithers Feb 2013 #29
Broken_Hero Feb 2013 #30
cyberswede Feb 2013 #31
Turborama Feb 2013 #32
Tree-Hugger Feb 2013 #34

Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:29 AM

1. Without assistance what I have seen at work is average of $170

Since day care expenses are an allowed deduction on SNAP and Mediciad I see the going rates often when clients turn in their child care receipts.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:32 AM

3. wow. just wow. i am still

saying, wow.

thanks.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:48 AM

16. There are some variables I should point out

However the difference usually is not by much, classic day care I've seen from about $120-$140, what is billed as pre-school is about the $170 average. Now SNAP and Medicaid eligiblity are largely determined by income and houehols size so that I may have a family who has considerable income but has a large household plus dependent care expenses like child care if just one or more of the children are needing day care whether it is between $120 and $170 the pain is the same and especially so for those whose income is considerably low, irrespective of household size. We have a child care program here that does help many families but you do have to be working. It is managed by a contracted group so I do not know all the criteria. What I come into contact with is the child care expenses we use as deduction. One important thing to note, if someone receives child care assistance, we can only give them a deduction for their portion that they pay out of pocket, it is a copay for child care assistance.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:31 AM

2. When I priced it, it was at least $175, but nicer places were more like $225

and it just didn't make financial sense in my family, nor did the odd hours of my job and ridiculous number of hours of my husband, and so I'm home with kids.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:33 AM

4. really golly. i am shocked to shit, lol. i didnt even consider daycare, so i have been

totally clueless. i need to adjust my poll.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:34 AM

6. Yeah and I live in a very low cost-of-living area

I bet it's crazy in NYC.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:33 AM

5. Lots more than you think

$1220 per month and that is not a bad deal in the DC metro area. That is at a daycare center that transitions to a preschool for $1050 per month when they are three and a transition point (september & january) occurs. Infant care is $1450 per month

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:36 AM

7. thanks for the info. i edited the post. would it be too much work to change your vote. nt

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:40 AM

12. Changed

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:37 AM

8. We pay $537 every 2 weeks for a potty trained almost-four year old

That's $1074 a month.

It was worse when the girl was also in daycare: over $2000 a month.

Right now, we pay $250 a month for after school care for the girl, so "total" child care payouts are in the range of $1300 monthly.

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 09:54 AM

21. I remember those days

When we had an infant and an elementary school aged child in before and after school care.

We were paying $295 per week for infant care and the before and after school care was $145 per week (plus, we had our older child enrolled in the summer program which bumped up the costs during the break). The $145 includes non-school days as an average.

A couple of years we were paying almost $23,000 per year for child care. This was about 7 years ago - the daycare was a private Montessori center.

Fortunately, we now only have to pay about $475 per month for the before and after school care, since our infant is now in 1st grade.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:38 AM

9. It was 200 when our girls were small

I would hate to think what it would be now.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:39 AM

10. South Florida - 2 year old child

In-home Day Care = $150 a week

Day Care Center = $170-225, depending on the quality of the center.

She couldn't afford it, so she cut her job to part time and we watch him two days a week for free.

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Response to kdmorris (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:45 AM

15. thanks for this. way back when, i looked at the prices, what i make, and it made no sense.

and that was way back when

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:36 AM

23. Same here... with 3 boys under 6, I would have cleared about $80 a month

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #23)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:42 AM

24. by the time you factor in extra cost like clothes,

gas, more eating out, it certainly was not to our advantage. i can see if a persons salary high enough, but mine was not.

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Response to kdmorris (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:13 PM

33. South Florida -- 4-year-child.

Day care center -- $10 a week. But of course, this was back in the 1960s.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #33)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:22 PM

35. ROFL... I was getting ready to ask WHERE? :) n/t

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:39 AM

11. When I looked ten years ago the cheapest decent place I could find was $200/week

And that was with a very fuzzy definition of the word decent.

I wound up working from home.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:42 AM

13. 300-450 a week.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:42 AM

14. Mine is not a toddler anymore

and before/after school daycare is $50/week (extra for holidays, etc) through the school system. Beyond thankful for the option.

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:27 PM

36. yes

it doesn't just stop at pre-schoolers for many people. i was a single mom and paid for before AND after school care for my youngest until he was in middle school. it was pricey, but it gave me great piece of mind! many times, if one is low income, it can be subsidized too.

oh wait, does that make me a TAKER?

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:52 AM

17. in a city with a cost of living index @ 100, $875 a month for quality.

 

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 09:08 AM

19. Seven years ago, I paid $125/week for in-home licensed care in a very small town.

Ten years ago, I was paying about $175 in a larger town at an excellent licensed business.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 09:39 AM

20. We take our kids to a pretty nice place - $48/day for our 2 year old, $56/day for our 1 year old.

So $240-$280 per week but we only send them 1 day per week. It's at the hospital where my wife works so it's really handy and lets us just do part time and stuff so we like it.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:18 AM

22. When We Had 3 In Daycare At The Same Time.............

...............our monthly daycare bill was more than our mortgage.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:07 AM

25. The going rate is $200/week

but I'm lucky and I pay $100/week, because I'm a student and I'm in Canada so I get the low-income child care subsidy which covers roughly half the cost. When I first signed my daughter up, 3 years ago, the low income subsidy meant I only had to pay $80/week. But now, the childcare agency raises its fees nearly every year by $20-40/month and the subsidy doesn't go up at all. So I'm paying almost $80 more a month than I was 3 years ago. Thank goodness next year she'll be in school full time. I'm very excited to have that extra $400/month in my pocket.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #25)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:29 PM

37. that extra $400

REALLY makes a big difference too!

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:13 AM

26. Or you can be like my uncle and drop all 3 kids off with my grandma...

 

Offer no money, bring them no food, or show any appreciation whatsoever.

But, in his defense, him and his wife make a collective six figures (mostly from renting out HUD properties).

Spend money on putting in a pool, going on cruises, but letting their kids gnaw on blocks of bologna for food. And not get their child any front teeth after getting them pulled (3 years until permanents come in) because "it costs too much."

Then try and get him in free daycare because he has a speech impediment from these teeth missing and get declined.

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Response to EastKYLiberal (Reply #26)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:02 PM

38. omg

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:35 AM

27. I had two going so I got $20 discount, but I paid $220 a week.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:39 AM

28. When we had a spot locked into a "great" daycare 9 years ago, the cost was

1k a month. This was a really really really REALLY good daycare, right next to dh's work, and that was WITH the employee discount he would get.

We ended up giving up our spot once our child was born for various reasons, but that was the cost 9 years ago. I have no idea what it costs now, and I shudder at the thought. Oh yeah, it was also an 8 month minimum waiting list. I put my child on the list to get into that daycare while I was still pregnant with him.

Good times.

ETA: I realize while my price quote is for a newborn, I recall their pricing was similar for older children. Not much lower.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:47 AM

29. $35 - $45 per day in Ontario...nt

Sid

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:22 PM

30. 160 a week

granted this was in 1999 in SE Alaska. I worked for a Hospital and they provided daycare for 4 dollars an hour, and if you used it as an employee they deducted it from your pay. So do the math, 4 dollars an hour, times 8hrs a day, times 5 days of work per week=160.

A friend of mine in Sacramento was paying 800 a month for a 2yr old, and a 5yr old, her monthly pay was 950...so she basically worked a whole month for 150 bucks, and this was in 2003 and it was the cheapest they could find.

eta:to change he, into her....

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:27 PM

31. It was $155/week for us

...but that's been 5-6 years ago - it's probably $25-$35 more by now. This was in a center.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:38 PM

32. Stay at home dad here

And all I can say is that I am very grateful to be able to have the opportunity to bring our daughter up. She's so precious to me and I am possibly a bit overprotective, so I don't think I'd want to put her in day care and trust complete strangers with her, even if we could afford it.



Sorry it doesn't answer your question, just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Response to seabeyond (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:39 PM

34. Over $200 here.

It's common to spend a out $1,500 a month for a "good" daycare here. Some go way higher.

I stay home because to put my daughter in a good daycare would cost more than I make.

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