A TRUE and sobering look at child care costs…

by sarah on August 11, 2010 · 2 comments

Augie is in a joyous (heavy on the sarcasm) stage of refusing naps right now… so this will be quick.

I came across an article in the New York Times today by Lisa Belkin that stated child care costs more than college. After all the run around I went through trying to tie down the perfect daycare situation for Augie (two-year waiting list at one for the infant room… do the math on that one), I never once thought to compare the cost to what a public college education would be. But it’s true.

The child care places we looked (and there were many) ranged from $12K to $20,000 (before up charges, fees, and additional costs associated with individual centers). Besides health insurance, this is the first thing I think of with every job I consider applying for. And it costs MORE in bigger cities like Chicago and Manhattan.

This is especially frustrating when you consider that you have to pay even when you are on a vacation or your child is home sick. And in many you have to pay for the week or so some schools choose to close down during the year.

There are so many things to weigh when choosing where to place your child for care during the working hours (daycare, home care, nanny, shared nanny, grandparent, etc.). The discussion could be lengthy.

I just thought this article was really interesting and wanted to share: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/child-care-costs-more-than-college/

The truth is, maybe there was a tiny silver lining to being laid off from my job… child care = free.

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1 ErinBaird August 16, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Uggh – we are starting to look at child care in Charlotte. NOT excited about it.

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2 Anonymous August 22, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Greg and I researched daycare places about a month ago. I'm sure I know which place you found the 2 year wait list at – LLBB in the Short North? I couldn't believe that. 2 years! We managed to find some options in the $10k-$12k range that were good quality. Let me know if you want the details. – Alida

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