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Old 06-11-2008, 04:17 PM
 
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Hi, my wife and I are seriously considering relocating to Huntsville within the next year.

I was wondering if anyone could offer me an idea of what I should expect to pay for daycare?
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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Hi, my wife and I are seriously considering relocating to Huntsville within the next year.

I was wondering if anyone could offer me an idea of what I should expect to pay for daycare?
It depends greatly on what kind of daycare you want.

PreSchool, inhome or church / mother's day out?

We have our kids at Premier Preschool in Research Park. It is one of the more expensive preschools in the area, but it has a very good team of teachers and wonderful location. We have absolutely loved it and have been there for over 5 years. The price drops as the child:teacher ratio goes up, so infants are more expensive than 4/5 year olds. At Premier it can range from about 650 to 800 a month per child.

Inhome and church / mdo programs are typically much less expensive.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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Thanks very much! We'd probably do something like premier. We have our 15 month old daughter in one of the more expensive daycares in our area and we pay a little over $1300 / mo. $800 would have me grinning ear to ear.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:24 AM
 
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I'm so glad mine passed this stage several years back. I thought the year I spent $11,000 on daycare for 2 was bad ---- then I see you guys talking about $9,000 to 15,000 per year for 1. wow !

Of course you just trade in one cost for another as they grow.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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My youngest just finished his last year of daycare/preschool - kindergarten in the fall...YEAH! We were paying $180 per week. I think the infant cost per week was just over $200. I believe these to be about average tuition rates in this area. Of course the rates at the church facilities are quite a bit lower. We tried to get into Mayfair, but the waiting list was too long. The rates there were quite a bit lower and used the same curriculum as the school we went to. It will depend on where you work and/or live, but there are a lot of good options.
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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Thanks so much everyone. Paying anything less than the $300+ / week we're paying now will be nothing short of beautiful.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Albany, GA (Hell's Waiting Room)
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I had a boss in HSV whose daughter attended Covenant Christian preschool, for (I believe she said) $400-425 monthly. We all oohed and aahed about how expensive that was, but here in Albany, my son's former K5 Montessori program was a little over $500/mo. IIRC, Covenant is a pretty good school, has an extended day program, etc. It's on Old Madison Pike, just east of Research Park Blvd. The costs may have gone up since I last checked.
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:01 PM
 
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I've heard really good things about Montessori.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I've heard really good things about Montessori.
My understanding is the Montessori over near Grissom High School is so full there is a waiting list. There doesn't seem to be too much choice in secular pre-schools. Montessori is one of the only games in town - or at least in the south-southeast section of town. Not sure about Madison. There are two Montesorri's in the south side and something called Primrose.

Search the threads, we've had several threads on preschools in the past couple of months.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Albany, GA (Hell's Waiting Room)
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I've heard really good things about Montessori.
We had heard good things as well. Keep in mind I'm not referring to any Montessori in Huntsville; this is Albany, a steaming pile of suck. My son's teachers were horrid. We began homeschooling in January; he was reading by April. He is now doing math, reading and writing, learning Mandarin, science and geography, and he will be 6 in November.

I can't vouch personally for any of the preschools in Huntsville or Madison. Just passing along what I've been told--that Covenant was reputed to be very good.
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