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Old 11-14-2015, 07:45 AM
 
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Hi all. My husband and I are more than likely relocating from the Pittsburgh area to the the Triangle area in the near future. My husband has a great job opportunity there with a different branch of his current employer. I will be seeking employment once we move if we do decide to move. Right now our only hesitation about moving is our newborn daughter (firstborn)— we live very near family here, and my mother would be watching our daughter daily when I return to work, which I'm very happy about. If we move, we would have to put her in daycare unless I find a job with a lot of flexibility for working mothers (I'm imagining on-site daycare, the potential to work from home, or a position with summers off such as in education). I would definitely prefer the latter given the choice. I have a four-year degree in accounting and a valid CPA license, so I'm pretty flexible when it comes to the types of companies I could work for. Does anyone know or can anyone recommend great employers in the area for working mothers? Or could anyone provide insight about the quality/cost of daycare in the area? My husband will most likely be based in Cary. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:41 PM
 
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SAS is the best local company as far as the types of fringe bennies you describe. They're in NE Cary at Harrison Ave and I40. They have on-site daycare. I don't know of too many other places that have this.

I would say we're a fairly friendly/favorable area to dual-income families.

I think 40 hr/week daycare runs about $1,200-1,500/mo. But that's 5 year old pricing; I haven't had anyone tell me different since.
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:31 AM
 
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I'd suggest you stay in Pittsburgh until your daughter is at least 3 years old. This will give her time to bond a bit with your family, and you'll feel better not putting your infant in day care.
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Sodo Sopa at The Villas above Kenny' s House.
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I'd suggest you stay in Pittsburgh until your daughter is at least 3 years old. This will give her time to bond a bit with your family, and you'll feel better not putting your infant in day care.
I agree. Take advantage of the resource you have. If it's something that has to be done that is different. However if I were making your choice I would choose my mother over day care till at least 2-3 years old.

SAS has onsite daycare but I can't think of any others. It doesn't seem to be a popular option here. I'm guessing most companies don't want the increased liability.
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the replies everyone. I completely agree that it would be better to stay here for a few years until our baby is at least preschool age, and that is my preference. My husband and I have always talked about moving the the Triangle area, but unfortunately we have never had the opportunity until now. He loves his job and basically has an offer in hand for the same exact job in our ideal location, so he feels like this is finally our chance to move and put ourselves in a better situation. We are both afraid that if we don't seize the opportunity now, then we will miss our chance to ever get out of this area. But I feel like the timing right now is terrible— if he would have gotten this offer a year ago or three years from now, we would be in NC without question. He isn't as close with his family and feels that daycare is a viable option. The decision is basically up to me at this point, which has been stressful to me as a first time mom with a three-week old. I really appreciate the responses and the food for thought— I will scan the open job listings at SAS and talk to my husband about our options again. Thanks so much. :-)
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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Probably best to get your foot in a door at a company and then try to work out an alternate arrangement. Pretty hard to get hired right into a work at home or "summers off" situation. I have found that companies here seem to be more willing to do those alternate arrangements. I had a friend that had a "limited summer hours" job here while her kids were young.
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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The cost for infant day care is horrific.

We watch our 2 grandkids 3 days a week so their mom can work part time.
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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Probably best to get your foot in a door at a company and then try to work out an alternate arrangement. Pretty hard to get hired right into a work at home or "summers off" situation. I have found that companies here seem to be more willing to do those alternate arrangements. I had a friend that had a "limited summer hours" job here while her kids were young.


Thank you! That's reassuring to know there are flexible companies there, even if it wouldn't be that way right off the bat. I don't feel like there are many flexible companies here in Pittsburgh.
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:48 AM
 
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The cost for infant day care is horrific.

We watch our 2 grandkids 3 days a week so their mom can work part time.

Assuming costs are in the $1200-$1500 per month range as mentioned above, I'm blown away— I would say the average monthly cost around here is $800 and I thought that was pricey. If that's the case then maybe I would be better off considering part time positions.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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Default also from Pittsburgh

We moved several months ago and couldn't be happier down here with all the sunshine, people eat healthier, exercise and outside more. I'm a CPA as well, but while you have a young child, can you just do bookkeeping at home. In Pittsburgh, a company called Bookminders, I believe. Or you could advertise and do tax returns from your home in the Spring. Also, jobs in retail are very flexible as far as moms schedules.
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