What do you pay for child care?
- April 1, 2013 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #369522
I’d like to hear from folks who are entering this arena now. I’m curious about costs for folks who use part-time child care. How often do you use it? How much?
And for those using traditional daycare, have the prices gone up/down in the last two years in Columbus?
We pay approx. $1,000/month for full time daycare, I think that is pretty much the going rate for kids over the age of 1.
St. Mary’s takes kids over the age of 3…April 1, 2013 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm #369523
Jeez, how do people afford kids these days? It looks like we not only need affordable health care, but affordable childcare to boot.April 1, 2013 5:32 pm at 5:32 pm #369524
We pay about $525 per month for 2 kids and 2 1/2 days. That is with an in home provider that we started with when our first was born.April 1, 2013 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #369525
We pay about $525 per month for 2 kids and 2 1/2 days. That is with an in home provider that we started with when our first was born.
How did you find the provider?April 1, 2013 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm #369526
We found her on Craigslist. I’ll be honest and say she was a miracle find at the time that we were searching. Hopefully everyone can find someone who works for them as well as she does for us.April 1, 2013 7:32 pm at 7:32 pm #369527
$1270 a month for a 22 month old :(
We are incredibly happy with where we are at and had been enrolled into two different daycares before, and toured many more (cheaper places) but we could tell why the others were cheaper.
If you cannot find someone who does it out of their home that you trust I think 1000-1300 for full-time care is about average for a good place.April 1, 2013 8:01 pm at 8:01 pm #369528
Where are you at, that you like so much?April 1, 2013 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #369529
Bright Horizons downtownApril 1, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm #369530
Miriam Bowers AbbottParticipant
Toured everyplace. Went high-end for the first two kids at a downtown Bright Horizons (I hope not the same one as JackieC). Once they got us, they raised the price 5% every year*, and charged weird extra fees ($50-100 per kid) for random re-enrollments throughout the year.
On kiddo #3, we finally found City Kids on Marconi. Very loving. Never does the gouging thing with money. Not cheap ($62.50 per day for part time) -but it’s better than our experiences elsewhere.
*So, by the time you have a four year old, the prices have increased 20%. Impressive.April 1, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm #369531
I’m guessing it’s the same one, we just had our first experience with the enrollment fee I am not very happy about it.
We checked out City Kids but did not get a good vibe after talking to them. A lot of time spend in bouncers it seemed for the infant room. We wouldn’t have minded but we said our daughter hates the bouncer and we would rather them be engaged with her more often than not, they said “She’ll get used to it.” So we decided nay.
Other cheaper places tended to be dirty, disorganized or relied on rolling a tv in front of the kids everyday for an hour or so. We have nothing against tv, just wanted her to only watch tv at home.April 2, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am #369532
$830/month for a 4 year old, 3 days per week at a relatively “high end” commercial day care / preschool.
$450/month for an infant, 3 days per week at an in home child care provider.April 2, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am #369533April 3, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm #369534April 3, 2013 1:01 pm at 1:01 pm #369535
I think this might be off-topic, but of everyone who works at home, what do you do with your kids during the summer? We struggle with this every year. The ones needing care are now 8 and 10. We usually get a sitter for a couple days a week, but they (the sitters) end up lazy by the end of the summer. I sometimes think I should force them to fend for themselves during the day, but then they’d be inside all day. They can get their own meals and stuff. Just wanted to get your opinion on that.April 3, 2013 2:35 pm at 2:35 pm #369536
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