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The cost of quality child care

I am very lucky (maybe not in the 1% lucky, but definitely in the 1 out of 5 range) that we can afford the quality child care we desire for our two children. In our case, we have a wonderful nanny who comes to our home to watch our children. But I see ...

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 ...

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, ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


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


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 ...

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 ...
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