Cost of child care

How much does a summer nanny cost?

School’s out for summer… but work isn’t! So you’re going to need help with child care. Finding just the right summer nanny for the job requires identifying someone qualified, reliable and with a personality that fits with your family — and creating a budget for the hire.  But how... more

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Dependent Care Accounts: The best way to save on child and senior care costs

If you’re looking at the cost of child care or senior care solutions, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by hourly and monthly rates, among other expenses. How can you cut down on these costs, you may ask yourself? For most families, the biggest savings you can attain is... more

9 child care subsidies every family should know about

Raising children is expensive. Many of us began budgeting for our new babies before they even arrived, but few could have predicted just how rapidly the costs of child care would grow over the last few years. According to Care.com’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, which surveyed over 3... more

What families need to know about the American Rescue Plan

You’ve no doubt heard about a new COVID-19 relief plan that was signed into law by President Biden on March 12, 2021. It’s called the American Rescue Plan, and here are the items within the new law that may impact your family.  A third round of stimulus checks The CARES Act provided up... more

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Nanny taxes and payroll: Step-by-step instructions for setting it up

Congrats! You’ve found a nanny you’d like to hire. Now what? Know that as soon as your nanny accepts your job offer, your responsibilities as an employer begin. That means putting the terms of your working relationship into a contract, deciding on benefits and setting up payroll. It also means... more

Are you paying your caregiver minimum wage?

Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage? "Just as you are compensated for the work you do in your profession, your household employee must be paid at least minimum wage for every... more

Biden's plan for caregivers: What you should know, according to experts

Last November, Democratic presidential primary candidates finally tackled a question on the child care crisis. Nearly a year later, with the crisis exacerbated by a pandemic and recession, President-elect Joe Biden has made the issue a key part of his economic recovery plan, offering proposals that would “create a 21st... more

Holiday tipping guide: Who should you tip and how much?

While any time is a good time to show your appreciation for someone who regularly makes your life easier and more pleasant, the holidays traditionally are the time to express your gratitude in the form of cash. By no means is holiday tipping mandatory, but giving someone who regularly provides... more