I replied in the $300-500 range, but we only use part-time care. We use an in-home daycare provider who charges $30 a day and we do 3/occasionally 4 days a week. We live in a relatively low-cost area (Columbus, OH). Full time at a commercial daycare would have run us around $900 a month ($240/week).
How much do you pay for child care? - Page 2
Poll Results: How much do you pay for childcare each month? (per child)
17% (11)$0 --Nobody else cares for my child
3% (2)$0 -- a friend or family member cares for my child while I work
6% (4)$0 - I get childcare assistance or my child is in a free preschool program
9% (6)I use creative scheduling and pay less than $300 per month
12% (8)$300 - $500 per month
7% (5)$500 - 600 per month
6% (4)$600- 700 per month
11% (7)$700 - 800 per month
4% (3)$800 - 1000 per month
17% (11)More than $1,000
3% (2)Obligatory other
I work 2 double shifts per week, for a total of 32 hour per week. I work every Saturday for 16 hours and then I alternate between working Sundays and Wednesdays, also for 16 hours. That way my husband is with the kids when I'm not except for every other Wednesday when my parents watch them for us. I offered to start paying them when my dad lost his job, and even though they initially refused to be paid, I insisted and pay them $50 for each day they watch them. They watch them from about 3pm to 11pm. So I only pay around $100 per month, but I have to work from 6am-1030pm every Saturday to do it.
I wonder why don't you just find out the childcare costs from the actual childcare providers. There must be a central place where you live that can tell you about the various childcare providers, from family child care to group daycare etc. They probably would know the range of money providers charge for child care. The numbers you were given are obviously incorrect.
I didn't answer the poll because I'm not in the US, so it would skew things. I'll tell you what we pay, though, just to show how outrageous things are here. Sigh.
For our 2-year-old, we pay over 600 Francs per month (something over 700 USD at the current exchange rate). . . for 2 mornings per week. Full-day/5 days per week would be over 3000 (err, over 3500 USD) per month for one child. This is the typical pricing here, and there are still long waiting lists at every place!
We are very satisfied with his preschool (bilingual, nice caregivers, children are all happy, he's learned so much), but it's still quite a lot of money.
I'm assuming you`re referring to Sweet.Bee's post, which I assume was written by someone living in France. The high cost of childcare there doesn`t surprise me, as everything is ridiculously expensive.
I selected about 700/month and I get a little assistance. I am in NH and I think they just changed their setup a bit so they give less but are able to serve more people which is nice- the waiting list was up to a year!
my daughter just got into the 5 yo wrap around kindergarten program at her preschool- she is 5 in Oct so missed regular kinder this year but this class is for kids like her who also just miss the cutoff. It's a nice idea, she doesn't get stuck in another year of reg. preschool with younger kids. So this is 160/week but I get a little assistance which cuts off about 50 or so. Meals are provided but I pack her stuff b/c I dislike the amount of meat and processed food on their menu. Then my 3.5 year old still goes to an inhome provider that I have been using for about 18 months. She charges 135/week and provides all meals, I trust her meals. I get about 50 knocked off that price as well from the state.
So I guess compared to other states and Canada NH is OK as far as child care costs but the jobs are also sparse and pay crap and the commutes are long b/c of how rural it can be so it evens out and I still find myself scrapping by at the end of each pay period :/
France is on the Euro, not francs, so it has to be an ex-French colony country that is not in the EU. Or, I suppose, someone writing with poor translation to English.
I think Canada is a "dollar" county, even the French parts. We need Sweet Bee to chime in and help us out.
I think Sweet Bee is in Switzerland. The Swiss Franc has not been replaced by the Euro.
I thought I was paying a lot at $1600/month here in Canada, but Sweet Bee doubles that for full time care. Wow!
Neither preschool nor kindergarten are compulsory in France (Euro) or Switzerland (Swiss Franc). Both countries begin compulsory education at 6 years. It is only in Luxembourg where education is compulsory at 4 years.
I pay $1100 per month for before/after school care for one kid and another for all day care. I was spending over $3000 per month on a nanny until July. The $1100 per month is about average around here for what I am getting. I also pay $300 a month for preschool for the youngest.
I find the govt figures for childcare to be so fictionalized. There is a tax credit for I think up to $6000 a year in childcare costs - I dont know ^*anyone* who has full-time care for that little.
oh and i pay 600 a month for full time (m-f 830-330) montessori preschool. it's not the most affordable in town but it is also not the most expensive. i am always shocked at how much it costs me. i am going to stop complaining after reading some of these posts. the only other preschool i was considering was 633 a month for 4 days (830-430) but that included vegetarian organic snacks, breakfast and lunch.
i dont know what im going to do when i have to quit that job for school (policy says if im not there, he cant be either). need to get on childcare assistance.