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July 10th, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Ladies...need some help. Every option for childcare seems so expensive with the exception of the YMCA. I really want more of a personal touch for Reagan. Most Nannies or in home childcare centers around me are at least $10.00 an hour. I need childcare for around 50 hours a week. It just seems impossible, other than the Y to find childcare for under 1K a month. Any suggestions or is that just the way it is? Relatives are not an option. Thanks.
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July 10th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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Honestly...I can't find any sort of care for less than 1K a month in my area. I only have Levi in 2 days a week, but it's 83 bucks a day...and if I did it monthly, it has to be somewhat close to 2 K a month, depending on how many days in that particular month. Some months I am at 800 a month just for two days a week!

Of course I live near Washington DC...and I chose a more expensive school I guess. But I did do research and for infants/toddlers it looks to be minimum 400 bucks a week. Usually at home daycares are less expensive. Still over 1k for that? I decided against it since I was worried about the caretakers taking vacation, getting sick, etc...

Is Reagan currently in YMCA?
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July 10th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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No. We're outside of Philadelphia. PA goes on the Keystone Stars system and her daycare has four stars which is the highest rating. We pay $1100.00 a month for full time but if she was in the Y we would be paying around $800.00. The Y only has two stars though. Some of the facilities aren't even rated at all. The people around me that do in home day cares are really more like nannies and some of them want up to $20.00 a hour. Wow! 2K! I can't even imagine!
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July 12th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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I'm also outside of DC and the absolute cheapest I found was $175/week (in home). We ended up going w/ another in home that is about $1050/month. I think that's what it is close to the cities.
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July 12th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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I'm also outside of DC and the absolute cheapest I found was $175/week (in home). We ended up going w/ another in home that is about $1050/month. I think that's what it is close to the cities.

The cheapest I found was around 250/week in home. All the actual facilities are definitely more than that. Like I said, depending on the month, my day care center is anywhere from $1600-2K/month. I don't even know how it would be worthwhile to work with more than one in school.

I do think the cost goes down once he is out of the toddler class. Then again, preschool is next and will probably be around the same cost!
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July 21st, 2012, 07:53 AM
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It really depends on your area. Try to find a center that does a flat amount per week instead of hourly. Hourly works better for parents who don't work as much or have flexible hours. A flat rate works well for us because sometimes we pick her up early and sometimes she has to stay later but she's always there at least 40-50 hours per week.

Right now we pay $810 a month for full time. The rate goes down a little each year. Infants are more expensive whereas 4 year olds are the cheapest.
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July 21st, 2012, 01:38 PM
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We pay $110 per week for each kid. It's an in home daycare and we totally lucked out with it. My kids enjoy it there and they call the providers grandma and grandpa. They started out providing care for their grand kids and decided to get licensed.
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