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Preschool is expense!

Every month it is this ongoing back and forth between which bill to get put off so we can afford to keep our youngest son in his preschool class. And if we somehow get behind on the preschool tuition, we have to beg and plead with the director of the ...
—MindyWA

Bring Kids to Interview?

I wonder sometimes if that is what is expected...after being unemployed long enough to have no more unemployment benefits my family of 5 (3 kids & husband) are surviving on food stamps and generosity of people we know.

My husband, who is also unemployed, ...

—KristinWA

Where do I begin?

Finding affordable, and at the same time safe and reliable, childcare has been a big part of my life since my first child was born in 2004. I only had 6 weeks off from work when she was born and had barely enough time to even find childcare before going ...
—MichelleWA

Great childcare is expensive

I am a physician and mother of two amazing kids. Like most women, I had tough choices to make about timing kids and work. I chose to have both my kids during my medical training (residency), a time during which I worked long hours for modest pay. We ...
—KerstinWA

Military families have poor options

I always wanted to stay home and raise my baby myself, and my husband and I were prepared to make many sacrifices to make that happen.

When she was born, we automatically qualified for WIC. All enlisted families do. Most qualify for food stamps as ...

—JenniferWA

I need to be working to help support my family...

My husband and I have made many financial sacrifices in order for me to stay home and take care of our, now 3-1/2 year old, daughter. We are currently at the point that, in order to keep our house and put food on the table, I need to go back to work. ...
—Laurel WA

Catch-22

For every two hours my son is in daycare my husband needs to work three hours. I have been unemployed for several months and would like to apply for jobs, but this requires my son to be in daycare for at least a few hours every day to give me the time ...
—ChristinaWA

The Painful Price of Great Childcare

I waited two years to get my son into this daycare. It is NAEYC-accredited! Great teachers, good classroom size, a real child development center. the price was even lower than what I had been paying at one of those chain centers - plus it was a monthly ...
—JenniferWA

Approaching $50,000

This year, with one child completing a Montessori program before starting public school next year, plus a baby in daycare, we are paying close to $50,000 in childcare. Out of pocket.

We can deduct around $3000, despite the fact that we need to put ...

—JenniferMA

childcare costs keep us on public assistance and in debt

I am a stay at home mom, but would be working outside the home if I could afford childcare. Money is tight and a second income would mean we'd be able to stop getting into debt and surviving on public assistance. But the cost of childcare is prohibitive. ...
—ElizabethCA

Childcare blues

I am a single mother of two beautiful children: my son is 11 and my daughter is 8. I get help for my son via child support from his father as we were previously married. He's been very helpful in us raising our son. With my daughter, I get no help. I ...
—Tamara GA

Prolonged childcare

I adopted 4 children from the foster care system. It has become very apparent that they need childcare for a much longer duration than the average child. I continue to have to pay for childcare for them despite their advancing ages. We live below the ...
—AnnNC

More than my mortgage

Childcare for my two children was more than my mortgage! Costs for quality care are outrageous and a huge burden for working families.
—KatieMO

There is no affordable childcare!

I work in education and besides loving my work I knew I would want to spend time with my family when I found someone to have one with. A 10 month contract for my work would allow me that luxury.

I married late and after several years we decided ...

—BarbaraCT

All my Experiences with Childcare Were Bad

Before becoming a mother, I assumed I'd have no trouble leaving my infant with a childcare provider who was highly recommended by a good friend of mine. I soon realized I felt like someone had torn out my heart when I wasn't with my baby boy and ...
—MicheleUT

Infant care at a huge price

As a new mother, I thought my biggest challenge would be the nighttime feedings. Yes, those first weeks were hard, and I was lucky to have enough paid leave saved up to take 4 months off work (I'm a federal govt employee), but nothing prepared me for ...
—GabrielaMD

I am a Preschool Teacher

I have a very important story, as I have the awesome responsibility in getting children ready for Kindergarten!

Every day is an important day in the life of a child...and Early Childhood Educators work extremely hard in honoring the social/emotional, ...

—LaurenWA

Shared burden

Although she is completely worth it, I am still working off debt accrued when I was underemployed when my daughter was born. Now 3.5 years later, I am one month away from my second (and last) child being born and am looking at reduced hours at work, and ...
—JulieWA

Education is supported in community.

I am a grandmother, educated in the 50's & 60's when education was prized: college was almost free to students; most young children had mothers at home; and most average adults had a better knowledge of civics, US history, and liturature than many ...
—LoisWA

Buried under daycare costs

My husband and I both work and we have 3 children . My husband is in the Army and I work on post and our children go to kindergarten and preschool/daycare. We make too much money for assistance (even for Army assistance), however we pay enough in daycare ...
—HopeWA
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