I'm only 23 weeks, but I can see already that finding affordable childcare in D.C. by the time I need it (in Dec or Jan) is going to be a challenge.
My job is Downtown, just north of the White House, but I live in Western Maryland. I REALLY don't want to leave my baby an hour (by car) or two (by public transportation) away, for 10-12 hours, so I've been looking into the daycare facilities near my work. Aside from the 6 -18 month waiting lists, the biggest problem I'm running into is the cost -- they charge twice as much as what I pay in RENT for a month! I really can't afford to try to find another job at this time...I have no stay-at-home friends or family nearby...I don't qualify for state subsidies, but I don't make quite enough for D.C. costs, etc
Can anyone point me to possibilities within 10-15 minutes (by bus or metro) of Farragut North/West that won't cost a mortgage (less than $1450 a month--the least expensive I've found so far)? Full-time is preferable, but part-time will work too.
Or just some advice...