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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 ...

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 ...


My husband and I are blessed. My mother was able to keep our son and will continue to keep him until he is three. Then he will go to private pre-school. We are looking at paying about $800 a month, but it will be worth it to invest in his education. We ...

Affordable childcare

I keep hearing about how people struggle to afford college for their children and how we need to find ways to lower or cap the rising costs of college tuition. Parents begin saving for college when their children are very little. Politicians strive ...

The Nightmares of Child Care

With my first born I had to place him in a care center where he was horribly unhappy. But this country doesn't give you any time to visit child care centers to find a good fit. When you get hired, they want yo to start right away and if you can't find ...


When my son was in preschool in MA, I paid $1200 a month. That was more than my rent. I was a single mom at the time and in college. I had to take out student loans - to pay for daycare! It is three years later, my son is in second grade in public school ...


Finding and paying for high-quality childcare/preschool (and prenatal care) has become the driving force behind every decision our family has made in the last eight years.

I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. My husband is a teacher, I'm ...


The Guilt: my desperate search for decent childcare

I know from experience with my first child that it is difficult enough finding affordable childcare that you can trust when you have a single child who is perfectly normal. I happen to have two children, one of whom has health and dietary restrictions ...


Had spectacular child care for my girls while I worked as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. Home setting by Montessori trained provider who also believed in structure!! Curriculum culminated in great end of the month family activities! The girls learning ...
—Mary TX

Keep Teen Parents in School

I serve pregnant and parenting teens as a Parents as Teachers educator. Finding a stable care giver that the teen can afford is a huge challenge.

Often the care giver is a family member or a "friend" because that is all the teen can afford. This leaves ...

—Sister Janice KS

Can't afford to have another child!

We have been blessed with two healthy children and are wanting another child to complete our family. However, with the cost of day care and other rising expenses, our dream is far from reality. To pay for daycare for one child is 25% of our monthly budget. ...

Thinking of Quitting?!

I feel like continuing to work is so important as a mother, since I want to be a positive role model to my daughters and I don't want to feel dependent on my husband. However, I am deeply conflicted right now, since the daycare options for my youngest ...


My youngest son was diagnosed with Autism when he was only 2 years old. He needed a lot of schooling to start to talk. He also is getting better now that he is almost seven years old. He spent 2 and 1/2 years is specialized per school in West Virginia. ...

A woman forced to choose: job or family

In my area, affordable childcare does not exist. There is expensive childcare that is not high quality, and there is high quality childcare that is not affordable. I have been working as a teacher, and I quickly learned that the teachers I work with ...
—Kathleen NJ
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