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We pay $196/week for our toddler to go 3x a week. That includes all meals and snacks. The center is open from 6 - 6, I believe.
We started DS in DC at 14 m. I work from home, as well. We will probably start the new baby at a year or maybe even sooner. I kind of wish we had started DS earlier b/c he loves it so much and they do things there that I would never even think of doing, esp. being a work from home mom.
bables21:Glad I live where I do...I have DD in daycare part time which is 2.25/hr with a minimum of 30 hrs a week (67.50/ week) When LO comes I am taking 12 weeks off and then both kids will go to this same daycare 2.10 for baby and 1.90 for DD. My daycare is in home and state certified. It is open 7am - 5:30pm and they do lunch and snacks...she does feed breakfast if your LO hasn't eaten or you bring it from home. My DD asks to go to daycare all the time, she really likes it there and has a lot of fun and that is the most important to me! Oh yeah, I don't know if I have it where you can see it, but I am in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Oh my word! You pay in a week a little more than I pay a day (Philly area). I do like the Black Hills...hmmmm...haha.
DS went to a center at 6 months (i took my 12 wks, MIL did 2 wks and DH worked part time for a little bit) we paid around $800-$900 a month for 6:30am to 6:30pm, other centers charge around $1K and there's no part time option.
With DD my MIL will watch her until she is 1 and then we will send her to an in home day care (she will take DS's spot when he goes to kindergarten), it is $900/month from 8am to 6pm
DS started at a daycare center when he was 4 months old. We're in CA (SF bay area) and we pay $1550 per month for his care. DS2 will start there when he's 4 months old and we'll get a whopping 5% discount on DS1's care...so basically it's $3k/mo for the two of them.
I would quit and be a SAHM in a heartbeat, but I carry the health benefits. To use DH's company benefits will cost us $$$/month. It's not worth it. And DH can't stay home since he works for the family business.
doing the daycare route. my mom and my dad are both retired as are my in-laws. my parents offered to do it, but i don't feel right uprooting their entire lives. they have stuff they do. my in-laws don't seem to want to help. my MIL said she might be able to do 1 or 2 days. that might wasn't convincing enough for me.
i just reserved a crib at a daycare yesterday. it's $850/month, 5 days a week. they're open 7-6. i live in the south hills of pittsburgh. that's pretty cheap for the area i live. most are about $800-1200. if i lived east of the city, it would be cheaper.
I'm not sure of the current rate but in 2009, it was 270 per week in our infant room when my daughter went there. The hours were 6am-6pm. I've seen some that are 630am-630pm though. Currently, my daughter is in the toddler room and we pay $245 per week. It goes down as she moves up to each room since ratios change. We plan to put this baby in the infant room at my daughter's daycare.
ETA: we live in South Florida.
I am going to take my 6wks/8wks (vag or c-sec) off that work will give me, but then the baby is going in daycare. The big centers around here are about $140 - $160 per week. But we like home daycares a little better. (More one-on-one) The home daycare that we chose was actually cheaper than the rest in the area. $75 a week. Most home daycares are around $90-$100. But she's perfect for our route to work and lisenced by the state of course.
My MIL will probably be taking baby 1 day a week, so that will be nice too.
nic326:I am SAH but DS is in daycare/preschool 3 days a week for a half day at the cost of $286.00/mo. For Southern California that's a great deal but its also a co-op which is not for everybody.
This might be a REALLY stupid question, but what is a co-op?