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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


Child care assistance programs by state: How to find out if you qualify

Among the many expenses you will incur as a parent, the cost of quality child care is one of the most necessary but also among the most costly. Working families in the U.S. are increasingly feeling the pinch of paying for child care. In fact, the cost of infant... more


How much does a nanny cost?

If you’ve narrowed down your choice of child care options and decided that hiring a nanny is the right option for your family, you’re probably wondering: Can we even afford a nanny? As with any child care option a parent considers, it’s crucial to know up front what it’s going... more


How much does after-school transportation for kids cost?

It’s 3 p.m., your son needs to go to swim lessons and your daughter has to get to soccer practice — but you don’t get off work for two more hours. How can a family of four be in multiple places at once? If you don’t have a go-to... more


What is in-home day care and how much will it cost me?

In-home day care — or family day care, as it is also commonly known — is child care service in a caregiver’s home rather than in a commercial day care center. In-home day care services can range from informal arrangements, like the retired neighbor who watches a handful of local... more


This is how much child care costs in 2018

According to a new Care.com survey, child care is unaffordable for more than seven in 10 American families. Learn how you can save money. Child care costs rose for the fifth year in row, according to the fifth annual Care.com Cost of Care Survey, which showed that the average... 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


How much does a babysitter cost?

It’s the big question on every parent’s mind when they start looking for a babysitter: How much should you pay? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer, as there are many factors that influence how much a babysitter should get paid, including location, skill level and the number and ages of the... more