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How Much Does Day Care Cost?

 
average costAverage: $611/monthhigh costHigh: $300+/week
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor[1] , there are several types of child day care for youth under five: child care in a child's home; care in an organized child care center; or care in a provider's home, also known as family child care. Older children may participate in before- and after-school programs or private summer school programs.

Typical costs:

  • Assuming full-time day care for a 2 year old child on weekdays, according to Runzheimer International, the U.S. national average cost for full-time day care is $611 a month.
  • Large cities such as Boston and New York are most expensive, with average daycare costs of a little more than $1,000 a month. Contacting two KinderCares in the San Jose area about infant day care, we received quotes of $300-$330 a week, plus annual fees.
  • Cities like San Antonio, TX, and Jackson, MS, have the lowest average prices, around $350-$400 a month.
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Discounts:
  • Parents may also qualify for tax credits or an increased tax refund. Visit the National Women's Law Center for more information.
  • Many people try to reduce day care costs by asking family members to help out or by splitting the costs for a nanny or a baby sitter with neighbors or nearby friends.
Shopping for day care:
  • BabyCenter[2] suggests talking to other parents about their experiences with local child care centers.
  • The Better Business Bureau[3] offers a list of child care centers.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
 
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In Home daycare
Amount: $800.00 per month
Posted by: Tina R. in Covina, CA.Posted: December 13th, 2017 08:12AM
Provider: Child's Age: Infant to toddler
I charge $800 per month for full time care in my home for up to 10 hrs a day. Part time is $400 per month. Drop ins are $60 a day fullyime and $35 part time.
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800 a month for 3 yr old who isn't pitty trained
Amount: $800.00 per month
Posted by: LANIE PIERCE in Texas, TX.Posted: August 13th, 2017 02:08PM
I have been asked to keep a 3 yr old who still poops and pees himself 5 days a week 10 plus hours a day. She offered 350 and that's 1.87 an hour. I said 4 an hour is that too much?
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Am I being taken advantage of?
Amount: $480.00 per month
Posted by: Exhausted .. in N/A, OH.Posted: July 10th, 2017 02:07PM
Provider: Child's Age: 18 mos
I've been watching a little one of a family member since she was about 3 mos old. Our original agreed upon price was $30/day. Now, 15 mos later, I'm still getting the same rate plus $20 a month to cover all food. I have her 40+ hours a week .. that's $1.25/day food allowance. I'm cutting into what I "make" to take care of the little one. I feel like the rate should go up considering the age and the fact that I'm covering all food and snacks.
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Am I getting screwed
Amount: $75.00 per month
Posted by: a user in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: May 1st, 2017 05:05PM
Provider: MelChild's Age: 1
I babysit 18hr a week and get paid 50.00 is that just awful?????
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What should I charge for 8mo & 2yr. Old not potty trained.
Amount: $90.00 per month
Posted by: LeTia P in lufkin, TX.Posted: April 19th, 2017 10:04PM
Provider: Angels of Joy Home DaycareChild's Age: 8mo old & 2yr old
I met this young girl and saw that she needed help with child care. I offered my help not knowing it was going to bite me later. She is a teen mom with 2 kids. She has a foster parent but can't afford to pay but 90.00 A Month!! I keep the kids 4-5days a week. I take them to school pick them up bring them back to my home. Feed bathe comb hair and put into bed. What should I do to get more money? I feel like they ate walking all over my kindness. What should I charge for each child.
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child
Amount: $250.00 per month
Posted by: bimal in Kansas, KS.Posted: February 7th, 2017 05:02PM
Provider: Manhattam day careChild's Age: 2 year
I provide 3 meals and snack in every school day
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35 hours/week for childcare
Amount: $1,244.00 per month
Posted by: Dannielle in New Berlin, WI.Posted: January 5th, 2017 05:01AM
Provider: innovation stationChild's Age: 6 weeks - 12 months
August of 2015 i was a new mom deciding if i would return to working day shift & put my son in childcare or if i'd work night shift while my husband worked dayshift & do w/o childcare.
I searched nearby childcare centers & this one was great because it was within walking distance of my factory job. however 35 hours of childcare per week was going to run me $311/week!! That was a grand total of $1244.00 a month while i only made $1989.00 a month... i hated the idea that more than half of my hard earned paycheck that I normally kiss goodbye on bills would be going towards childcare. Unfortunately it wasn't much different anywhere else.
Obviously i switched over to working 2nd shift & later on switched to 3rd shift. my son is soon to be 17 months old, and my marriage has suffered greatly as well as my health due to the stress of being a opposite shift "single" parent. still married but going days w/o seeing my husband and without a support system puts a strain on us.
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Provide in my home care
Amount: $225.00 per month
Posted by: Catonsville, MD in Catonsville, MD.Posted: September 6th, 2016 04:09PM
Provider: Child's Age: 16 months
I provide 10hrs of care for $225 per week. No set hours. Parents can't keep to a schdule. Parents are always late. I do not charge if child does not show. They never give me a heads up. Just don't show.
I provide 3 meals and snacks.
I think I am being taken advantage of.
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What should I charge for a 2 1/2 who isn't potty trained and troublemaker 5yr old
Amount: $550.00 per month
Posted by: Curious but wants to be Helpful in FREDERICKSBURG, VA.Posted: August 18th, 2016 06:08PM
Provider: Child's Age: 2 1/2 yr, 5yr
I am often the go for my friends as a babysitter as I love kids, have every non electronic toy here under the sun, arts & crafts, do parks and museums and try to find fun ways to incorporate learning for my own 3 and 13yr as well as their's. Well my neighbor who I don't know well has asked me if I would do before and after care for her 5yr old, who has once again been kick out his of daycare for bad behavior, and her 2 1/2 yr old who is not fully potty trained. I have never asked anyone to pay me to watch their kiddos but this would be different situation. I would hate to ask some to pay alot so my question to all of you would be what be a appropriate amount for a 7am-6pm 3meals a day not potty trained 2yr as well as before and after care for a troubled 5yr old
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Wow I am shocked people are paid so low for such an important job
Amount: $1,408.00 per month
Posted by: S.B.N. in Alexandria, VA.Posted: August 18th, 2016 12:08AM
Provider: Child's Age: 8 months
We pay 325/week for childcare. Open hours for infants are 7a-4:30p, and you can use up to 9 hours in that span of time each day. Daycare hours are 7a-6p. No food or supplies are included. If your child does not attend for a day or a week, you still pay. If you go on vacation for 1 month, you will get a break on paying for 2 weeks of the month your child is not there. Essentially, you are paying for your spot. One thing I dislike is that although parents do not get monetary credit for time your child is not at school, when your child is not there and the plume of kids is low, teachers start getting sent home early, with no pay. This makes no sense to me since parents pay regardless of attendance in most cases. My child's teacher does an amazing job with her and I feel it is unfair to have an unsteady income based on when my child is out sick or on vacation, especially since I pay for those days. Seems wrong.This daycare was one of the cheaper options near me. Most are $400+/wk.
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Childcare
Amount: $0.00 per month
Posted by: Gram Gram in Richmond, VA.Posted: June 8th, 2016 02:06PM
Provider: grandmother/auntChild's Age: 3, 1, 1
Ladies,
Childcare is an important duty. Children soak up most basic knowledge, human behavior and social skills in their first 5 years of life. Anyone who provides this care(WELL) deserves so much more than they receive, but to all you grandmas, aunts, friends, etc... who are taking care of those bundles of joy for a loved one-thank you for caring enough to do it for less than you deserve and to all you mothers who have a loved one caring for your bundles of joy-I ENCOURAGE YOU to go online and find out what the average cost of daycare, nannies, etc... is for your area and then THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS that you have family who cares about you and your children enough to care. BELIEVE ME=YOU ARE NOT PAYING ENOUGH and BE SURE AND THANK THEM OFTEN AND APPRECIATE THE PEACE OF MIND!!!!!
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In home care
Amount: $300.00 per month
Posted by: Alisha Smith in Wichita falls, TX.Posted: April 28th, 2016 05:04PM
Provider: Child's Age: 2 and 3
58+ hours aweek
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How much should I charge?
Amount: $0.00 per month
Posted by: Mullarney in Nampa, ID.Posted: April 20th, 2016 02:04PM
Provider: MyselfChild's Age: 4 month old
Going to be watching a 4 month old, I've done community connections in California but now that we've moved, and I'm not going through a second party for payment. I'm not sure on the price I should be giving. It will be at least 30 hours a week. I know I was asked because daycare is too expensive for the child's family so I don't want to charge too much.
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Am I cheating myself?
Amount: $1,110.00 per month
Posted by: Mrs. Stanley in Syracuse, NY.Posted: April 14th, 2016 06:04AM
Provider: Little kings and queens daycareChild's Age: 9 yr, 7 ur, 1 ur and 10 months
I provide care for four families. I watch the infants from 7-8 am until 2:30 for the 10 month old and about 5 for the 1 yr old and I charge them 110 per week each. The other two are school age and comes for about an hour in the am and one of them comes after school and both comes during vacation one pays 50 every two weeks and the other pays 65 every two weeks...I feel like I'm getting nowhere and the more I speak to other providers the more I think my prices are way too low!
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Home daycare price
Amount: $760.00 per month
Posted by: Keisha Lewis in Ocoee, FL.Posted: March 9th, 2016 03:03PM
Provider: Heavenly TouchChild's Age: 7 months, 2, 2, 3 and 9
I charge 60 a week for the toodlers and the 9 year just comes for free with her 2 year old sister. I charged 80 a week for the infant. Should I charge more. The 2 and 3 year old are brothers they come every other week.
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In home babysitting
Amount: $300.00 per month
Posted by: Janett in Long Beach, CA.Posted: February 18th, 2016 12:02PM
Provider: MyselfChild's Age: 22 month
Getting 80 dollars a week for watching a 2 year old baby girl from 6am to 5pm feel like I should ask for more but he's a friend and afraid of loosing job because need money.what can I do. ..
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childcare
Amount: $625.00 per month
Posted by: aplussolo in raleigh, NC.Posted: November 2nd, 2015 03:11PM
Provider: busybodies daycareChild's Age: 6mo-12years
I was looking for affordable childcare in the raleigh/durham area and I came across felecha and busy bodies... it was great. Shes a great teacher and the price was right. She sends home these cut-a-grams that tell us exactly what my child has learn for the day. I would call her if I were U. 919-79-2345
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My mom and I can't agree on her pay for watching my children HELP!!
Amount: $100.00 per month
Posted by: Beep Beep here comes the bus driver. in Salt lake, UT.Posted: October 30th, 2015 11:10AM
Provider: GrandmotherChild's Age: 5 and 3
I'm a school bus driver. Monday- Thursday my mother watches my 2 girls for for 2 hours in the morning. I come home on my split give them lunch and put them down for a nap. I'm gone for about 21/2 houses. So my girls sleep most of that time. On Fridays my mom has them for 8 hours. That makes 28 hours a week for 2 toddlers. With the fact there is no transporting to school and 4 days a week the last 2 house she has them they are sleeping and I come home and put them down for a nap. PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP??
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Baby sitting what is fair
Amount: $900.00 per month
Posted by: Bobbie in Redlands, CA.Posted: June 18th, 2015 05:06AM
Provider: Child's Age: 2yrs and 5months
The five month old lives with me and my family. Seeing his family for 20 hours a week and the 2yr old is with me 7days a week 12hours day.
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Frustrated child care provider
Amount: $400.00 per month
Posted by: Frustrated day care worker in Savannah, GA.Posted: June 4th, 2015 11:06AM
I'm currently working in a day care with 8 childern most days some day there's 12 I have to provide a lesson an sever lunch n snack I have 2 that are special need all kids are under the age of 5 but one who's 8 n I'm only getting paid 400 a month wondering how much I shud be making
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Fair Wages for Childcare
Amount: $2,200.00 per month
Posted by: AJLexa in San Antonio, TX.Posted: March 3rd, 2015 10:03AM
Provider: Montessori TeacherChild's Age: 4yrs, 2yrs, 6 months
I work independent as a Montessori teacher. I go to my client's home, teach and simultaneously provide care for 3 children. I have full days on MWF and teach till 1030 AM on TTH. I'm very happy where I am but feel it should be a little more. I provide 2 meals for the older two and laundry service for all three children. Am I wrong?
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