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Old 06-12-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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Default Affordable Pre-school - 2year old daughter

Hi- need help finding an affordable preschool in Raleigh... any suggestion? I'm paying $200/week every Monday right now (more than my RENT!)...and its just insane. ((or is it just me??))

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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I am not from NC although I am moving there in the fall. I run my own daycare out of my home here in NY. Its often times less expensive than centers, and here in NY state you must be licensed. and its a much more child friendly loving environment than a center. Call your county and see if they have a list of licensed providers. Providers go through extensive training, and here in NY many have college degrees. Like I said just make sure its licensed and inspected by the state. In NY centers or preschools charge 260 a week at a center, and most home days care are charing 180-200. Good luck with your search
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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Are you looking for a preschool or daycare? My daughter's preschool was $150 a month for 3 mornings a week 9-noon.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:15 PM
 
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Check out Learn With The Best, transitional_kindergarten (http://www.learnwiththebest.net/transitional_kindergarten.html - broken link)
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:36 PM
 
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If you are looking for a daycare I doubt you'll find a decent one for less than what you are currently paying. My wife worked at a national chain daycare when she was 18 and refuses to even consider one of those because she has first hand experience on what goes on "behind the scenes". Our daughter currently goes to a privately-owned Christian daycare and we including our daughter couldn't be happier. When we were searching for daycares before our daughter's arrival the average cost was around $1000/month and up. Luckily the one we liked the most (mostly because the director remembered our names on the 2nd and 3rd visit) ended up being the cheapest. Our daughter is almost 18 months old now and we pay $875/month.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:41 AM
 
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Unless you are well paid, staying home with the child may make economic sense.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:43 AM
 
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The church based preschools are generally less expensive but more sought after. It's probably too late this year but you might check around before registration starts for the next school year.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:44 AM
 
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When my son went to La Petite Academy in Garner it was $138/week.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:47 AM
 
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I'm not sure if you are asking about daycare (full time) or preschool (several mornings a week). $200 a week is NOT the going rate for preschool but sounds about right for daycare.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:42 AM
 
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Unless you are well paid, staying home with the child may make economic sense.
Depending on the field that can also be career suicide. In many science and technology fields you can't simply take 5-10 years off to stay home with the kids and expect to go back to work when the kids leave for school. So unless you plan to retire when you have kids staying home may not be an option. I think that's why it's important to find a good company that encourages well rounded employees and allows you to have both the career and the family. Why should parents have to chose one over the other?
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