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Old 12-31-2008, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Hey everyone,

My husband and I are currently looking for a child care location in Southlake and surrounding areas. We've done some pricing in Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville and Irving and it looks to be around 230 - 500/Month. Does anyone have any suggestions or places that are lower than these rates that are great places for your children?

Thanks and I appreciate any help out there!

~MDM
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Inthewoods
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$250 is high. Wow, I will jump all over that bangwagon for that price. Remember you pay for what you get. Just pay the higher price and get better care. We live out in the Country and had to pay $75 per week for part time. So if you do the math that would be around $300 per month.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Very true and I completely agree. I wasn't sure what the norm was for the price and if it was high or low. My first kiddo - so I am lost! =/ Thank you for the information!
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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lower price usually means not so great a place
you need to see how many people are in direct contact with your child --is it just the state minimum which usually works out to even fewer people actually in 1-2-1 care for smaller children...
ask questions like what is the turn-over rate for employees--
what is the absentee rate for children and employees--they know--they may not want to tell you but they know--
absentee rate has effect on who is actually in the room with the children and how often people/children are getting sick
what kind of employment history--do they have background in early childhoom--do they have any prior training at all--some places have different standards

you don't say how old your child is--higher rates for younger children because there are more people as caregivers in younger rooms but lots of time they are just too busy changing diapers and feeding babies to have any one to one play time...
you need to actually visit facilities and watch for an hour or more at a time to see what happens in normal flow of activities..
our daughter and her best friend have early childhood degrees--and teaching certifiations--they have worked for primrose in Bedford--our daughter just for summer work--but her friend teaches in their kindergarten program---her new baby goes to the infants room since she teaches...

we also know someone who has granddaughter who works at a kindercare or something like that--she works with the infants and frankly from seeing how rough she is with her own 9 mo old son I would not want her babysitting my child--she is just rough and abrupt--very physical--does not seem to watch his head very carefully when she bounces him and tosses him in the air--she is also not very careful about what she feeds him and her cleanliness--like where his toys have been...
don't know if that is how she operates at her day care or not---

not saying that all day cares are bad--but standards vary so much from place to place that you just have to do a real observation of what is happening where you want to leave your child...
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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Hi there...we have been to a number of centers in this area. We are currently at Creme de la Creme in Colleyville. It's a great place - good combination of a preschool and childcare. We were at Children's Courtyard in Southlake across from the highschool and though it was a nice place...kind of chaotic and manic for my daughter. Too many kids going crazy! Then we went to Tutor Time in Colleyville...this place is way more quiet which is good, but very little learning going on. They're really nice there though and they have a lovely playground in the back yard, so it's a good option. Less expensive than Creme. We also went to Reading Friends on hwy 26 in Colleyville / Hurst and this is a great place, but they are a preschool - not childcare, so you if you work, it's very hard. Their hours are 8:30 to 12:30 M-F for the older kids, the younger ones only go a couple of days a week. But a wonderful school for the kids and it really helps to get them ready for school. Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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One more thing...gotta agree about the cost of childcare = quality. I don't know where you can find childcare for $200 a month. More like $200 a week. I shutter to think what you'd find for that price. Good luck to you!
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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