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Old 03-20-2007, 12:58 PM
 
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My husband and I are considering a relocation to Charlotte and will probably end up just south of the city (possibly even in northern SC) depending on housing, etc.

My question is what can one expect regarding child care costs? I have twin 11 month olds, and will more than likely be putting them either in full time daycare or an in-house nanny if I can find a good one. Advice on either scenario regarding expected monthly cost per child is greatly appreciated!

Also, what are the good suburban/semi-rural areas south of Charlotte that would be good to raise a family in (good schools, other families, etc)?

Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:10 PM
 
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I was wondering the same thing too.
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:29 PM
 
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I would consider Ballantyne: it's a very family oriented area where the quality of education is valued very much. Childcare in my opinion is a nightmare. I actually was a director at a very well regarded center and I just think it is less than ideal. With twins it is safe to say you may never get into any of the centers, but I would consider a nanny and try enrolling in a traditional preschool when the time comes. If by some chance you did get a spot, the cost for full time is 500 or more a week for 2. All the centers are star rated and I wouldn't consider anything less than 5 and a very low ratio.
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Steele Creek area, Charlotte
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My husband and I are considering a relocation to Charlotte and will probably end up just south of the city (possibly even in northern SC) depending on housing, etc.

My question is what can one expect regarding child care costs? I have twin 11 month olds, and will more than likely be putting them either in full time daycare or an in-house nanny if I can find a good one. Advice on either scenario regarding expected monthly cost per child is greatly appreciated!

Also, what are the good suburban/semi-rural areas south of Charlotte that would be good to raise a family in (good schools, other families, etc)?

Thanks!
I think that Fort Mill SC is a wonderful, safe place to raise a family. Please look into the daycare costs there as I think they are a bit lower then in Charlotte.
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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I live in ballantyne and it is $1100 a month for one child. Not sure how much two would cost. The waiting lists are crazy in this area. We waited a year and 1/2 to get into his preschool/daycare. I would think your best bet would to go the nanny route.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I live in ballantyne and it is $1100 a month for one child. Not sure how much two would cost. The waiting lists are crazy in this area. We waited a year and 1/2 to get into his preschool/daycare. I would think your best bet would to go the nanny route.
Pretty sure a nanny in the Charlotte area would cost at least $400. a week - $1600. a month or so, though I do know others that make far more than that.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:23 AM
 
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Prices quoted thus far are pretty accurate. Is there anyone else out there besides me who thinks the cost of childcare is outrageous here?
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Old 04-27-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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I agree. I know people that pay around $300.00 per week for infants in the Ballantyne area. In my mind it's really unbelieveable. I'd be interested to see how much it actually costs to run one of these places.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:37 PM
 
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The sad part is teachers who work in childcare make NOTHING and are less educated and quite frankly more often then not lacking in many ways. The quality of the care out there concerns me far more than the cost.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Hmm makes me wonder if it is so difficult to open up a ' home daycare ' or ? I am kinda shocked to see how exspensive this is. We used to pay only $ 125/wk = $ 500/month for a sitter who came to our home to take care of our 2 yr old. WHY is this so exspensive in this area? Does one need to pay so much TAX that one needs to ask for so much money? $ 1600/month per child WOW maybe I should open up a daycare what is the # one can have in total at home? 6 6 X 1600 = 9600/month WOW that is not bad....plus all the extra's one can get because of having a day care....... gee anyone have a solid answer? Just wondering. As the air polution problem I saw in an other topic, do kids get to play outside or are they kept inside and put in front of a Electronic baby-sitter (TV-DVD).
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