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Old 10-13-2009, 03:06 PM
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Can you guys share your insights and what you are paying for daycare? I have a 4 year old in a daycare facility 2 days a week and tuition is $700/month. I also have a 4 week old and was scheduled to have her also attend the same facility for the 2 days/week. Since the daycare does not have part-time spots for infants, it is 1440/month. That is $2,140 per month total for only 2 days a week!
I decided not to put my infant in the facility because I just didn't feel comfortable with the ratio of 1 teacher to 4 infants, plus the germs and all the swine flu issues. I've decided on hiring a nanny who will come to my home 2 days a week and will also bring her 9 month old with her. It is still $880/month for my infant daughter (total $1580/month for both children).
I guess my question is, how do people do it? Am I missing something? I do not want to skimp on childcare for my children, but do these prices seem a little exorbitant? I have relatives in other states and they say the rates are about 800/month for full time infant care where they live. Why is Seattle almost twice as much?
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:17 PM
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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WOW - you'll have to call and find out - at Bright Horizons my kids were full time

Babies $1650/mth
4 year old $1250/month
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:55 PM
Location: Seattle area
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Citygirl's rates are out of date! At Bright Horizons in 2008 my infant was $1800/mo. That's basically a mortgage payment. Completely insane. In Dallas it was $600, though only from 9-3, that was all I needed.

At a different daycare now and for a 2.5-yr-old it's still $1075 fulltime. I typically see rates of $15/hr quoted for nannies, but I hear of less sometimes.

It is abso-f*cking-ridiculous how much childcare costs here. There are some cheaper places but many of them stink. There was a city-assisted place in Bellevue that wasn't great, but at least it was an option for lower-income people, but it was shut down immediately when budgets got tight.

If I have another child, we'll be having a nanny during my workday if I can still be working from home. That's all hypothetical at this point, but no way can I pay for an older kid plus an infant at rates in those neighborhoods. Talk about stupid prices. Price you right out of the work market. How much would the conservative south love that? Area of the country reputed to be liberal is pricing a huge chunk of women right back into the home. Go figure.

I think most people eventually work out their own arrangements with family or friends. Works if you have family and friends in the area, but not if you're new and alone.

The only thing I can come up with is that the minimum wage here is much higher than in most other states, and since daycare is a pretty low-paying job, it directly impacts the price of daycare.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:27 AM
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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The baby rate is 2008 also, but the 4 year old was in 2006.

Anyway I also heard it depends on which Bright horizons you go to, we went to Downtown when it was nearly new so it was a bit lower. I hear the one in Bellevue is super expensive

But i agree - the child care costs in Seattle area are crazy high. I live back in Calif now and it's saving $750 a month!
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:43 AM
Location: Duvall, WA
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I can't find care for my 2 year old for under $800/month for part time (2 days/week). It's insane. I don't know how people do it.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:33 AM
Location: Seattle burbs....
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This is outrageous! It's sort of like implicit one child policy, due to the housing costs and salaries not being that much higher. No wonder everyone here has multiple dogs instead of kids... ;-]
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:39 AM
Location: Seattle area
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Hah! Yeah, we had a very hard time finding a good place to leave our dog in TX. To leave her in a kennel that would actually take her outside twice a day would have been $40/night. Uh, yeah. We were going away for two weeks. Could buy her a plane ticket for that.

Here, for $8/night, I leave her at someone's home where she has a backyard, gets walked daily, and the kids love her.

Daycare might be rough, but doggycare is way better!!
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:10 PM
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I pay a little over $2,000 a month for my 4 year old and 10 month old at La Petite Academie. I could be paying off a nice house in a desirable neighborhood for that amount, but instead I am forced to rent and eat like a college student. Hey feds instead of a huge bank bailout, how about build some daycare centers. Many other (more civilized) countries get free childcare.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:37 AM
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Not daycare exactly but I pay $675 for three full days/wk at a Montessori school for my three year old.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:29 AM
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My kids went to the preschool at South Seattle Community College. It is the best preschool I know of, and the most affordable ($5/hr I believe). The staff is just fabulous and the facility (especially the outdoor play area) is great. What's the catch? There is a long waiting list, and limited community (non-student) spots. But it is easier to get them in during the Summer quarter, especially if you take classes there.
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