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Have you ever had to change a dcp because of cost? I am torn because we absolutely love our dcp, but the cost is destroying our budget (now that food, gas, and even our phone bill have increased so much in the past couple months). We live very frugally and I even bike to work twice a week, so there is no other place for me to trim the budget. I tell myself that the cost of a great daycare is worth it, but I am loosing sleep about being able to feed my family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> I am starting to reseach other dcp, but I am really reluctant to switch ds to a different one. What would you do?
 

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I explored it, but couldn't bring myself to do it. We had a long commute in addition to paying about a third more than the "going rate". It would have saved at least $400/month (between tuition and gas savings) to move DS to a center in our neighborhood, rather than the super-nice Montessori preschool he was attending about 18 miles away. I just couldn't do it. I visited several places and really tried to keep an open mind but the ratios were much higher, the caregivers less qualified/happy, and there seemed to be much heavier focus on managing group behavior very rigidly rather than each kid being free to participate or not. Having seen VERY good care, we did not like "average" care.<br><br>
But, there are not a lot of options where we live, maybe you will find something you like as well or better, that will work better for your budget. I really hope so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">. Actually I just remembered that when DS was an infant, we went from a so-so home DCP to an awesome one, who actually did cost less. The so-so one charged more because she had so many years of experience, but in practice she seemed kind of burned out. The less expensive provider was young, energetic, very AP, and just all-around awesome. So you never know.<br><br>
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Wow - we're doing this right now for the very same reason.<br><br>
I absolutely love the daycare where my DD is at right now. But, at $190/week, it's just more than what we can realistically afford right now.<br><br>
We've found a home day care setting that will cost us $120/week - a savings of $280/month. That will make a huge difference for us - actually, it means that we won't be in the negative every month!<br><br>
It was a last resort option for us - but I'm trying to stay positive about the change. Tomorrow is DD's last day at her daycare - where she's been for the past 14 months - since she was 4 months old! I'm not sure how she'll react to the new setting. I'm hoping that she'll just go with the flow.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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We're changing for reasons other than just money but I am looking into less expensive programs now because we can't afford two in daycare with what we are paying. DS's current program also did not give any discount for a sibling so we are looking into programs that do. I looked at one today that gives a 20% discount for the oldest (less expensive) child and that will make a HUGE difference.<br><br>
HUGS!
 

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Have you talked to your daycare provider about it? I would be willing to work with a family I liked, rather than have them leave because of the cost.
 

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no but it is a factor in choosing a daycare. we nuked a place i really liked because it was just too much. breaks my heart to compare incommensurables but really it would have turned my work into a volunteer position.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow - we're doing this right now for the very same reason.<br><br>
I absolutely love the daycare where my DD is at right now. But, at $190/week, it's just more than what we can realistically afford right now.<br><br>
We've found a home day care setting that will cost us $120/week - a savings of $280/month. That will make a huge difference for us - actually, it means that we won't be in the negative every month!<br><br>
It was a last resort option for us - but I'm trying to stay positive about the change. Tomorrow is DD's last day at her daycare - where she's been for the past 14 months - since she was 4 months old! I'm not sure how she'll react to the new setting. I'm hoping that she'll just go with the flow.<br><br>
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Like so many things in my area, the price of childcare is WAY out of proportion with wages. I pay a whopping $214 per week. It would be great to pay as low as $120, but it's just not going to happen around here. The lowest I could find so far is $150.
 

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DH and I are both considering working a "flex" schedule of 4-10hour days. If we have different weekdays off, we would be able to enroll ds part-time and save some $ on daycare by staying home with him ourselves for 2 days a week. I like the idea of having an extra day home with him, but I don't like the idea of him being at daycare for such LOOONG days. Does anyone else do this? What are your experiences?
 

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DH and I are both considering working a "flex" schedule of 4-10hour days. If we have different weekdays off, we would be able to enroll ds part-time and save some $ on daycare by staying home with him ourselves for 2 days a week. I like the idea of having an extra day home with him, but I don't like the idea of him being at daycare for such LOOONG days. Does anyone else do this? What are your experiences?</div>
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Haven't been in this situation personally, but I think your DS would rather spend a couple more hours with the DCP he is familiar with and trusts, AND an extra whole day with mama, than be moved to a new center. /2 cents<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> this stuff is so hard.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bumping & Updating<br><br>
DH and I are both considering working a "flex" schedule of 4-10hour days. If we have different weekdays off, we would be able to enroll ds part-time and save some $ on daycare by staying home with him ourselves for 2 days a week. I like the idea of having an extra day home with him, but I don't like the idea of him being at daycare for such LOOONG days. Does anyone else do this? What are your experiences?</div>
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That sounds like an excellent idea. My co-worker has done this but with 4 days at daycare and 1 day home. In January, she switched her 3 yo dd to full time 5 days/week because she was acting up on Thursdays, the day after her "home with Mommy" day. Up until then, it worked well.<br><br>
Like my colleague I find the acting up behavior for my kids was always after weekends. That would explain why Mondays seem to be so wild at my daycare. Perhaps you and your dh can work it out so that you have an uninterrupted block of days for daycare and home care i.e. Monday through Wednesday at daycare, Thursday through Sunday at home. Then it won't be so disruptive to your lo's routine.<br><br>
BTW, I pay $469 for two. While the above-mentioned colleague lives in a well to do suburb where daycare is not a dollar less than $325/week.
 
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