Child Care

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I was reading an article the other day about the cost of child care, and while I remember it being expensive, I didn’t realize just how expensive. Before the twins were born I worked full-time, and Luke was in daycare. We spent about $9,000 per year, which is a lot, but I thought it was reasonable because we only had one child at the time. I still made enough to bring home a decent salary after child care. Then came the twins. We decided as soon as we found out that I wouldn’t be able to work. I mean, $27,000 per year? Can anyone afford that? That’s more than the majority of Americans pay for their mortgage or rent.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think that child care providers deserve every penny that they make, but how much of that do they really see? Considering the BLS shows the average child care workers’ salary is $19,510 per year and preschool teachers’ salary is $27,130, I would say not much. Can there really be $130,000 of overhead per classroom per year? I’m not sure, I guess it’s possible, especially in small centers. It doesn’t change the fact that child care is becoming more and more unattainable for the majority of Americans. I have a master’s degree and can’t afford to work. Seems crazy right?

In 2/3 of the US, child care for one year is more expensive than college at a public university. As parents, we are spending more money to get through the preschool years than we will spend to ship them off to college. Child care costs are rising faster than incomes. What are families supposed to do? Are we stepping back in time to a place where women will no longer be able to have a career and children?

I realize that these costs vary wildly by state and that some states are actually affordable. Most of them aren’t. The county where we live averages $12,000- $14,000 per child, per year. Full-time preschool is around $20,000 per child and doesn’t include summers.

What are your thoughts on child care costs? I would love to hear opinions from child care providers and those who work!!!!

Until our next adventure,

Moving Mommy

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Childcare Costs Continue to Rise

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I LOVE Target!

I went to Target today, mostly because I wanted to get out of the house, but also to pick up some things for vacation. I always look in the dollar spot right when you walk in the door, because I’ve found some really great, really cheap things there in the past. I’m going to be home preschooling the twins next year and I need to start stocking up on supplies but everything is so expensive! I’ve been picking up a few things here and there, but I don’t have much other than my usual sensory supplies. Right now they have a ton of teaching supplies in the dollar spot; Flash cards, workbooks, books, planners, etc. I got all of this for less than $20!

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The workbooks are letters and counting, but they also had higher level math and reading comprehension as well. I bought my older son a multiplication workbook and a short chapter book. I know each Target has a different selection in that area, but they usually have the same general theme, so check it out if you are in need of preschool supplies!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Enter Sandman

We have had the play house set up in the backyard for a while, but that’s pretty much it. Between gardening and planting flowers, we have had plenty of things to do back there! I really wanted a sand box though, so yesterday we went to Target in search of one. Who knew that Target doesn’t carry them?! It’s my go to store for everything, so I didn’t even think to look online ahead of time.

Of course, I had made the mistake of telling the twins that we were getting a sand box. Not a good idea. So I bought a long flat Rubbermaid container and figured it would do for the time being. They didn’t have any sand either. I convinced them that going to get the sand after Luke got home from school was a good idea, so we waited and then went to Lowe’s. I happened to notice that they had these small plastic pools that looked similar to the round sand box I was looking for and thought “why not?”. So we bought a $12 plastic pool and 250 pounds of sand and went home. A word of advice, do not try to buy 250 pounds of sand by yourself with three kids. 50 pounds is heavy when it’s in that form!!!

I arrived home and my husband was there so I sent him out to unload. I’m pretty sure he thought I was insane for buying a random kiddie pool for a sandbox, but it ended up working fine! There is no cover, so it’ll get stuff in it, but oh well. I added some cayenne pepper to the sand to keep the bugs out and so far it has worked great!

The kids built sand castles yesterday and little dinosaurs. Will and Ella really enjoy scooping the sand into buckets, which is great for their motor skills! I bought buckets, sifters, and little things to make sand dinos out of at Target in the Dollar Spot. I spent less than $40 and they will enjoy it for the entire summer. I may need to replace the sand, but fortunately it is only $3 a bag!

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If you are looking for an inexpensive way to keep the kiddos occupied while you are outside, this is great! I hope you are all enjoying your June so far!

Until our next adventure,

Moving Mommy