Hi to all fellow Moms :-)
I just registered for my fall classes, and now I am looking for a place that I can trust with my precious little monsters ;-) When I start school in August, they will be 3.5 years and 18 months old, and they have never been in a day care. This means, I have no clue how it all works.... I called ALOT of daycares and most of them turned me down.... "don't take infants"...."only full-time"...."2 year waiting list"....etc.... well i finally found one day care center that sounds really nice and has openings for both my girls. I have an appointment with them next week. They charge 3.57/hr for my toddler and 2.92/hr for my preschooler, and there is a 17-hr/week minimum. So it will probably come to about 500$/month for me, which is more than I can afford, but at the same time, I don't think it is unreasonable if my kids receive quality care..... i think I would feel better if they were in a center versus a private babysitter....anyway, here are my questions: What is high/low/normal price for daycare? Do you get charged extra for meals and snacks or is that usually included? Can you claim the expenses on your tax return? How much do day care grants help? Sorry I sound so money-oriented, but other than the fact that I can barely afford it, I am actually looking forward to having my kids in daycare part-time - I think it will be good for them to have other children around and not just me all the time :-) So as long as it is a center I feel good about, I really think its a good thing for everybody.... anyway....any advise or opinions would be greatly appreciated!