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Old 12-10-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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Default Alexandria Daycare Costs?

We are getting ready to relocate to Northern Virginia and are looking for advice. My husband will be working at Bolling AFB and we're focusing on rental housing in Alexandria until our house in Florida sells - ugh what a lousy market down here. We have two young kids (5 and 2) and one more on the way. Can anyone give me a ballpark idea of daycare costs in the Alexandria area? Right now we're paying about $800 a month for both kids and I imagine it would be more expensive up there. Also, any ideas on waiting lists or recommendations for daycares? Thanks! - C.
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:43 PM
 
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We live in Arlington which probably has similar day care costs as Alexandria. We have a 2 year old now at Blue Bird Day School (I think they have a sister school in Alexandria - can't recall if it goes by Blue Bird of Alexandria or Brentwood Academy) and we pay $940/month. The fee includes diapers, breakfast and lunch. Blue Bird is one of the cheaper Day Cares in North Arlington and does not have a waiting list. It definitely wasn't our first choice but we had to find something immediately as our babysitter had a stroke :-(. Almost every other day care in our area has a wait list anywhere from 6 months to 1.5 years. Our oldest son attended a different day care where we paid $1050/month and that was 2 years ago. If I had to do everything over again I'd have just gotten a nanny. When all is said and done it's probably cheaper and more convenient.
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:28 PM
 
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Gulp. Wow. I think my wallet just cried. Looks like we're going to have to adjust our budget. Thanks!
Cassie
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:14 AM
 
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Arlington also has a list of licensed at-home day care providers (not sure if Alexandria does). Our oldest son originally attended one from age 6 months to 1.5 years. These typically are much cheaper than institutional day cares. We were paying about $100/week about 4 years ago.
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Old 12-20-2007, 11:52 AM
 
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I too am moving from Florida...husband at Pentagon..waiting for a house to sell...and pricing daycare in Alexandria, Kingstowne specially. I have found 3 daycares in Kingstowne, and have researched their reports etc. This is what I've found - mind you I'm looking just at the 5 year old stage - and just before and after care once school starts next year.

Chesterfield Acadamy - $238 a week - $170 for before and after care
Little Acorn -$216 a week - $133 for before and after care

There is also Kindercare on Beluah which was about in the middle of the two other places. Little Acorn has a waiting list and they don't reevaluate until April. I'm currently only paying $333 a month because FL has a fabulous PreK program with 4 hours paid for by the state.

Shannon in FL...can't wait to get back to VA!
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:28 PM
 
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We are getting ready to relocate to Northern Virginia and are looking for advice. My husband will be working at Bolling AFB and we're focusing on rental housing in Alexandria until our house in Florida sells - ugh what a lousy market down here. We have two young kids (5 and 2) and one more on the way. Can anyone give me a ballpark idea of daycare costs in the Alexandria area? Right now we're paying about $800 a month for both kids and I imagine it would be more expensive up there. Also, any ideas on waiting lists or recommendations for daycares? Thanks! - C.
Currently paying $350 per week for after school care for 2 children. This price goes well over $400 per week when school is out for the summer. FYI, I'm in western Fairfax county.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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Default Daycare in Alexandria

We have lived in Alexadria for the past 3 years and we have a 4 year old and a 5 month old. We have them both in La Petite Academy in Kingstowne which has been really great. We looked all over the Alexandria area and we fell in love with the people and daycare providers here. I pay $207 a week for the pre-K girl and $295 a week for the infant. Totaling $502.00 for both a week. They also have discounts for many government jobs since it is so close to DC and government offices. I definitely recommend them. They have a website as well [url=http://www.lapetite.com]Learning Centers at La Petite[/url] I believe it is. The one in Kigstown is in Charles Arrigton Drive when you look for the locations.

Hope your move goes well!!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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Depending on your location, you may want to consider looking into the Child Development Centers on Ft. Belvoir, too, if that is an option (not sure if you are active duty or government or contractor). Don't know much about the pricing or wait lists there but we have had all three of our children at a CDC on Hanscom AFB in Boston for the past four years and have had an excellent experience and it is quite affordable....$139 a week per child. I'm sure it would vary on Ft. Belvoir but it may be another option worth considering.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:13 AM
 
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also remember that MOST daycare and preschools have scholrships available for tution.

We used this when my husband left the civilian world to once again work for the govt. we took a $30k a year cut in pay. so we were living on a tight budget, the director told me to appy and we got it. 1/2 price!

As military families you do not make as much money as most civilains in the area even with COLA. It's a little bit of paperwork but well worth it in the end.

Many also will offer free tuition for those who work at the school. (class room helper etc...no salary sometimes but depending on hte situation it could be very helpful)

LOTs of the scholarships full and partial go unclaimed. I can't imagine paying over $1000k per month for one child.

As someone mentioned you should also check out to see if they offer Military discounts etc...
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Fairfax here... $1200 a month is not outrageous
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