Cost of child care

Should I continue paying my nanny, babysitter or day care during the pandemic?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, child care was a major expense for most parents and an ongoing financial juggle for the majority of families every day. And now that schools, day cares, and preschools are closed and “stay-at-home” mandates have meant releasing nannies and sitters from their child care... more

4 questions to ask child caregivers during coronavirus

Parenting in this time of coronavirus is adding an extra layer of learning to everything we thought we knew about finding and hiring quality child care for our kids. Of course, there are still the usual interview questions to ask while vetting a caregiver, but now there are also questions... 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... more

Child care and 2020: What the candidates’ plans say

It took five debates for a moderator to finally ask the Democratic candidates about child care, an issue that hits voters’ hearts, homes and wallets. Why did it take so long — and why aren’t we hearing more about the differences in the candidates’ plans? As Americans head to the... more

The US ranks lower than 38 countries when it comes to our kids' well-being

The U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. When discussing our country, phrases like “the land of opportunity” and “the American dream” are often invoked. So it seems logical to assume that the U.S. is also one of the best places in the world to... more

14 free or cheap summer camp options for 2020

When the school year wraps up, kids look forward to lazier days spent poolside, riding bikes or having sleepovers with friends and enjoying quality time with family. But chances are they’ll make even more amazing summer memories, as well as continue to learn and grow if they attend a summer... more

How much does a Valentine's Day babysitter cost?

Believe it or not, it's already February — and that means that Valentine's Day is right around the corner! If you're a parent, you welcome this holiday with open arms. Why? Because it makes for an excellent opportunity for you and your S.O.  to shower each other... more

America's child care crisis gets much-deserved attention in January 2020 debate

It took five debates — and, eventually, a full panel of female moderators — to produce a single question about the importance of child care to American families, even though the issue has been at the forefront of national politics on both sides of the aisle.  But on Tuesday... more