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Old 05-15-2011, 01:40 PM   #71
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Yes seriously how do you afford to work??
Not sure if your question was directed to a certain person or just stated in general. I took it as stated in general so I hope you don't mind me answering.

My husband and I have both worked for overy 10 years in high-paying careers. We save & spend our money wisely and allocating $1200 a month for DD's amazing care & education is at the top of our list of priorities. If we had another child in daycare, we would still live comfortably and still bring home money at the end of the month. If we were in the situation of breaking even, we would still both work & keep DD in school. We feel that the socialization & education that she's getting is something that we could not give her if we kept her home. We also feel that socialization & career-building are important for us as adults.

We are not in a high cost of living area. In fact, what we make & what we pay for DD's daycare is unusual in our area.

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Old 05-24-2011, 07:35 PM   #72
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Re: How much do you pay a MONTH for child care?

Currently DS is enrolled in a childcare center. We pay $220/wk, paid every Monday, for full time care - in the Capital Region of NY - which works out to be $11,440/yr.

We are switching him to a local Montessori school on June 27th which will also be full time, year round, care (8a-5:30p). That will cost $14,710/yr which we have to pay on the 1st of every month -or $1,225/month.

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Old 05-25-2011, 12:37 AM   #73
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$125/wk/child, so $250/wk total + $135/mth for DD's preschool (2 hrs, 2 days/wk).
Grand total: (rounding to 4 wks/mth) $1135

In August, DS will start preschool (1 hr, 2 days/wk) and DD will move to the Pre-K class (3 hrs, 2 days/wk), so the preschool cost will go up to $243 ($90 for DS + $180 for DD - 10%/class for having 2 kids enrolled). Our total cost will be $1243/mth.

If we can find a way to guarantee DD's total time in daycare is down to less than 6 hrs on her pre-school days, then we'll save $20/wk ($80/mth) and our total will be $1163.

We live in SoCal in the Inland Empire (San Bernardino/Riverside area).

Our kids are in daycare from 6:30/7:00 am - 3:30/4:00/4:30 pm. (Daycares don't count the time spent in preschool, so on her preschool days, dd is there for 2 fewer hrs). Breakfast, lunch, 2 snacks, and transportation to and from preschool are included. (We provide and install the carseats).

Home daycares in our area charge $100-200/wk ($400-800/mth) depending on age of child and what area they are in (more $ in more affluent areas). Centers we looked at were $975-1500/mth for infants/toddlers, $800-925 for 2-3yos, $750-825 for 4yos, and were less for school age. They do transport to public schools only (so no preschool for our kids if we enrolled there).
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:00 AM   #74
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We live north of Seattle. My oldest, 3, goes half days now for 365 a month. Both of my girls will be enrolled this fall from 830-3. The cost is about 900+ and 700, more for the second daughter because she will be in a toddler room (1600+ a month). This fall they will be 3.5 and 2. I am planning to find work to help offset the tuition fees, but we don't plan to "make" money while they are in preschool. We are planning these years to be an investment to their futures and education.

This is for a montessori school that includes spanish, japanese, music, art, etc... there are specialist that come in to do the lessons. I can pay more for yoga, chinese, etc...
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I live in Rural KY. My DS goes to an in-home daycare. The sitter is not liscensed, just someone we knew personally. We pay her $430 a month for my DS. We are switch caregivers when my DD is born, but the price is the same. It will be $600 a month for the 2 children ($150 a week).
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I pay $120/wk for up to 45 hours of care and $3/hr for each addt'l hour after. DD is in care from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. M-F, with the occasional Saturday.

I bring home $630/wk, so it's not too outlandish for me.

I live in a very southeastern suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan called Kentwood. The DCP lives in Byron Center, and I work in Wyoming.

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Re: How much do you pay a MONTH for child care?

We're in central Delaware, where the cost of living is very low. We pay $475/mo total for DD's care and preschool. That includes 1/2 day preschool 5 days/week and full-time care at a licensed home day care. Her day care provider even transports her to and from preschool.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:38 PM   #78
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Re: How much do you pay a MONTH for child care?

Wow! These all seems sooooo cheap! We're paying $2137 a month (and that's with a second child discount) for our DD's to go to a local center.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:20 PM   #80
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I agree. At $1225/month for one, I'm scared to have another. Tuition will jump to $2329/month!!! That's $28k per year WITH the sibling discount!

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