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Old 01-07-2008, 02:22 PM
 
Location: New England
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Default Daycare costs

Hi, Was hoping to get an idea of how much daycare might costs in the Raleigh area for one child under the age of 1. Have tried looking on Craigslist, but only one daycare posted their rates. Thank you!
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I would guess for a good quality one a minimum of $300 a week... ? I know you can find it lower, but the care is often lower as well....hiring a nanny or a stay at home mom might be better for the child and your bank account.

i dont know?
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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We paid roughly 1050 a month for a child over one. Now that he is 3, we pay 875 a month. Nannies are very expensive. Au pairs are an option, but they are live in-so you have to have the room etc.
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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Is it worth working?
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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From what I have heard from friends, daycare runs between 1000-1200 a month for kids under 1. The cost reduces as the child gets older......

Leigh
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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At least some jobs let you pay with pretax dollars. Still, you need a good income to justify the job on purely economic terms.
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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I'd say $1200 - $1400 for infant care at the top notch centers
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Old 01-08-2008, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Is it worth working?
lol...why do you think I quit my job and opened my own business from home?

There's other reasons why I object to daycares, but certainly the financial is a huge consideration!
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:32 AM
 
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I stayed home this year because for 2 kids we would have to pay $1700. And that wasn't even for the best care. With one it was manageable, for 2 kids, forget it. I am convinced there will be a job for me when I re-enter the work world.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Chatham, NC
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Most daycare centers will be very open about their rates. You may want to start by calling a few - you can sort the yellow pages to start in Raleigh and work outwards, and can also use the map option to find out where they are located. Day Care in Raleigh, NC - AOL Local Yellow Pages (broken link)

Child care centers are ranked using a "star" system, based on inspections, education of staff members, and program standards. Here's a link that explains the rankings in North Carolina. Star Rated License Overview Usually, the more stars, the higher the tuition, but that may not always be true.

You may also find that waiting lists are high for "infant rooms" - which is usually where any child under 12 months is placed.

Hope this helps!
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