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Okay, If you don't mind me asking how much do you pay weekly? Full/part time? #kids? ages? In home, center, babysitter?<br><br>
I was just wondering, cause after I have this baby, I will be going back to work, and will be paying for 2 kiddos. And the babysitter I had told me she wasn't sure she'd be able to handle a newborn (she has to kids of her own). So I'm starting now to look around at cost, to prepare myself, before I actually start looking for what I really want.<br><br>
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I operate a daycare and charge the average for my area, which is $100/week for an infant. I also give a 10% discount for families. I think 90-130/week is average here for home/centers (with centers being on the high end).<br><br>
I reccomend calling your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency. They will give you a list of all the area providers and you can call many, ask questions, see who has openins, meet a few, and see who has a good fit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Here's Detroit's CCR&R phone #: (313) 259-4411<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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thanks! i was on another forum and they all said $8-$12 an hour is normal!! I almost pee'd myself.
 

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I live in the DC Metro area. So far, the average cost I've found for a newborn in my area is $170/week for in-home licensed daycare. There are plenty that aren't licensed that will cost alot less, but they aren't readily advertised and I'm not comfortable using someone who isn't regulated ... unless they were a relative of mine.
 

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This totally varies by the area in which you live. $8-10 might actually be the going rate near you.<br><br>
In seattle, dacyare for a toddler is $1000/month. Babysitters will run you $10-$15/hour.<br><br>
Compare this to the $100/week someone quoted. Big difference!!! (yeah, maybe I should move to Detroit, huh?)
 

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Holy Batman, Mocha!! Maybe the cost of living is different? I dunno. I found a list of state regulated places for MI. And then narrowed it down to around where I work and live, I found 6 centers. But the only problem was that most didn't specify if they had infant care. I plan to call around tomorrow. Oh, my other big problem is, when I go back to work, I will be on 2nd shift still. 3-11pm! UGH! It will take atleast a couple weeks before I can bump to another shift (union crap). I plan to call the # given to me also, that way I have someone to talk to about everything, and what I'm looking for.<br><br>
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Come move a couple hours south and I'll help you out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I've been watching my mom's toddler since she was born (almost 3 years ago) from 8-4:30ish. We agreed on $150/week for in home (her home) care. I would hop on a chance for another couple kids (hehe... love kids but am not in the position to have anymore right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ). I think I'm going to move out of my dad's house but need a little more income right now in order to make that work (lol... I'd also love to have a roommate.....) Are ya sure you aren't looking to move down here?!? :LOL<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I swear I'm not a crazy woman or anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Where are you at in MI? I'm originally from the Battle Creek area, but live south of Detroit now.
 

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I'm in the Hillsdale area, so about 2 hours southwest of you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OMG my hometown was Union City. Thats pretty close. I sometimes wish I could move back, EVERYTHING is soooo much cheaper there, and ALL my family is there. But I have a really good job here that I know I couldn't find there. And DD's dads live here.
 

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lol... small world, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Definitely depends on where you are--in Boston, infant care is about $2000/month, babysitters are $10-$16/hour, home day care is $50-$80/day. It's completely nuts--I have no idea how people manage it. (I don't know how I have, frankly...thank god my ex has been too depressed to get a job for the last year 1/2--he loves to take care of our son...)
 

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In NYC, in-home daycare was about $150/week. Here in Portland, it's around $100-125/week for in home daycare. It depends on how many kids the person takes in--I've seen SAHMs who charge $4/hr for just one kid, but they've got their own kids. It's all over the place. Some unlicensed people are charging only $300/month for full-time care! (I should make a separate post about that one... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> )<br><br>
Centers cost more--in NYC they were around $1400/month, here it's $950-1100/month.
 

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I am from Kalamazoo, and the centers I have worked in cost $125 a week for infants.<br><br>
A word of advice though, try to find an inhome provider before a center. The centers I have worked in are horrible. They look great to parents who are only there to pick up and drop off, but the way they treat, or actually don't treat, the kids is so bad.
 

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But how do you pick an in home? There are seriously like 25-30 just in the little around where i work! Where do I begin? They are all state licensed too. So how do I narrow them down without going to ALL of them? Or should I visit all of them? UGH, that is alot! I was thinking of narrowing it down by the streets they are on, that way I'm not taking a bunch of side roads. But they are all seriously on my way to work!
 

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I don't know, as I am not in that situation yet, but my mom had my brother and I in an inhome daycare and I know that she interviewed a couple people and then chose the one she felt best. I think I would choose around 3-5 and interview them and see what you think, maybe talk to some of the parents that have their kids there. If you don't find what you are looking for, keep looking.
 

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Katt, I know it seems overwhelming, but it will be good to have so many to choose from. And I definately second the PP about finding a home instead of a center. I KNOW there are good centers out there, but for an infant who needs so much more one-on-one time, a home provider can offer it more....just my two cents.<br><br>
If you get a list of 25 names, call them all to find out who has openings for your childREN in whatever month you'll need care. Some might not have room for an infant, so your list will be narrowed down a lot right away. Ask how they feel about breastfeeding, childwearing, cloth diapering, whatever you want to talk about/ask questions about. You can get a feel for them from a short phone conversation. Just don't call during the day, they're busy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Then, if there are a handful that have openings and sound nice, make an appt to go visit some evening. Don't feel like you have to choose the first one, just say "we'll let you know by..." And remember, cheaper doesn't equal better. GOOD LUCK! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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You're lucky to have that many to choose from. You might narrow it down by whatever criteria you need...I guess I'd start with calling them, and seeing how they sound, then visit. You may want to visit a bunch of them before deciding.
 

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I agree, start by calling. It's amazing how much of a "feel" you can get for people over the phone. Then visit the ones that sound promising. Make sure you get some references and check up on all of them before you decide too.
 

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$100 a week sounds like a dream. I pay $385 for two weeks, but she's at a really great day care where even the babies do crafts! By the by, I'm in Detroit. The world is tooo small!
 
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