How Much Does Daycare Cost?
Although many women would like to stay home with their kids, in today’s economy that is not always a possibility. Two-income households are becoming more common than one-income households. While there are many options from which to choose (such as in home day-care, a nanny, and before and after-school programs), a day care is the most common solution to the problem of child care in two-income households.
How much does daycare cost?
- The cost of daycare can vary greatly from state to state and city to city. Generally speaking, the busier the area, the more expensive the daycare rates will be. According to babycenter, day care costs can average anywhere between $250 and $1200 per month. The average national monthly cost of child care is $611.
- Larger chains such as Kindercare may cost more than a local daycare center. For example, a Kindercare may ask for $280 to $350 per week while a local no-name center could be near the $180 to $250 per week mark.
- Daycare costs can depend on a number of things: the quality of the day care facility, whether or not the workers need to have some type of degree to work there, whether the day care is set up like a “classroom” or if the kids just play, whether or not food is included or if you must send food with your child, etc.
$425 – $525 / month
$590 – $700 / month
$610 – $725 / month
$225 – $410 / month
$905 – $1,100 / month
$725 – $975 / month
$895 – $1,025 / month
$635 – $785 / month
$465 – $685 / month
$415 – $595 / month
$785 – $995 / month
$395 – $515 / month
$795 – $995 / month
$685 – $815 / month
$585 – $705 / month
$605 – $775 / month
$355 – $505 / month
$295 – $495 / month
$615 – $745 / month
$875 – $1,095 / month
$1,215 – $1,615 / month
$605 – $795 / month
$915 – $1,100 / month
$225 – $405 / month
$455 – $575 / month
$485 – $600 / month
$615 – $700 / month
$695 – $750 / month
$755 – $865 / month
$785 – $860 / month
$500 – $580 / month
$1,000 – $1,250 / month
$600 – $715 / month
$495 – $575 / month
$715 – $815 / month
$485 – $560 / month
$785 – $850 / month
$775 – $835 / month
$705 – $800 / month
$405 – $475 / month
$685 – $725 / month
$475 – $530 / month
$575 – $605 / month
$575 – $630 / month
$615 – $685 / month
$785 – $915 / month
$785 – $870 / month
$415 – $525 / month
$715 – $875 / month
$585 – $675 / month
What is going to be included?
- The full-time care of the child will be the main thing included in the quoted price. Depending on the state and the age of the child (see The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education for information on regulations in your state), the ratio of adults to children will differ.
- Most day care facilities include at least one meal (usually lunch) and a few snacks.
- Organized play, free play, song time, classroom time, playground time, and nap are usually incorporated somehow into the daily routine of a day care center.
What are the extra costs?
- Most full-time daycare facilities still require payment on days missed because of sickness or vacation unless ample (usually two weeks) notice is given. This is for scheduling purposes.
- Some day cares still charge for things like Christmas break and other holidays.
- Some centers charge extra for meals and snacks or give you the option of sending food with your child.
- Infants (children under 1) sometimes cost extra because they require more hands-on attention.
- Children with special needs or food allergies may sometimes be charged more because they require more attention.
Factors that influence the price:
- Geographical location: As mentioned earlier, a place such as New York will cost a lot more than a city in the middle of Montana.
- Type of Daycare: Some daycare centers are going to provide more than another. For instance, some may just watch over your child while others may provide educational activities. The more that you want, the more you should expect to pay.
- Hours: The longer the child has to stay in the daycare center, the higher the daily rate may be.
- Age: The younger the child is, the more attention the child will need. Because of this, the rates can be higher.
Advantages of daycare:
- Don’t have to worry about them calling in sick. The problem with an in-house nanny is that they can bail from time to time.
- Daycare tends to be the cheapest option. Compare this to a nanny or home daycare center, and you will notice the difference.
- Great supervision through people that are certified through the state. This should give you peace of mind when handing your child over to a stranger.
- All staff members through most daycare centers are going to be trained with CPR and early childhood education.
- Daycare have to be licensed and registered in the state.
How can I save money?
- There are some government programs that help low-income families with the cost of child care.
- Most day cares have discount for multiple children enrolled.
- Some centers will give discounts for families that are able to pay for a year of child care up front.
- You may also want to consider a private babysitter.
How to compare prices:
- Using services such as Daycare Match can help locate a well-reputed daycare in your area. Having the opinions of other parents who have used the facility can be a great help in determining the best fit for your child.
- When asking about prices, be sure to ask what all is included, what payment plans are available, and any extra costs they may not advertise.
- The best way to find a daycare is by a word-of-mouth recommendation by someone that you know and trust.