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The Nanny Guide: How Much Does a Nanny Cost?

Thinking of hiring a nanny? In Part 4 of "The Nanny Guide," learn about typical nanny salaries and pay to help budget accordingly. Cost Estimates According to Care.com data from 2016, full-time nannies (who work 40 hours/week) caring for one to two children received: $14.12/hour if they worked... more


How Much Does Child Care Cost?

Learn about your different care options, what they mean for your wallet, and how you can save money. WALTHAM, Mass. -- For the fourth year in a row, Care.com’s Cost of Care Survey culled in-depth insights from more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care spending habits, including... more


20 Ways to Save Money on Child Care

Think you can't afford child care? Think again. You may believe it's too expensive for your family, but once you explore your child care options, you might be surprised. With a little creativity, planning and investigating, you can uncover many great ways to save money and find reliable people... more


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7 Child Care Subsidies that Every Family Should Know

Find out if you qualify for subsidies, programs, and resources that can help with child care costs. You might think you can't afford to hire a nanny, but families often qualify for different child care subsidies, programs, and resources. The average American family pays about $18,000 per year... more


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How Much Does a Babysitter Cost?

In Part 3 of "The Babysitting Guide," we discuss how much babysitters typically cost, as well as the factors that can affect rates. If you’re looking for a sitter, odds are that pay rate plays a big part in who you choose. According to the 2017 Care.com Babysitter Survey, the average babysitting rate... more


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Am I overcharging?

Hi there!  I am new to care but have over eight years of experience working with children and a Master's degree in Social Work. Recently I was asked by a prospective family how much I charge per week. I replied 550 for full-time work (40 hours or more... more


What Does Summer Camp Cost?

Want to send your child to day camp, sleepaway camp or a specialty/private camp? Here's the cost breakdown for these 3 popular camp types.     As a parent, you know that the price of after-school programs and extracurricular activities can range from economical to expensive, depending on... more


7 Questions to Ask When Touring a Day Care Center

Use this checklist to pick the perfect child care facility. You run a million lists through your head all day, every day, but when it comes to what to ask for from a day care center, you're stumped. Especially if this is your first child care rodeo, it's much... more