Finding Affordable Childcare




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One of the biggest expenses as a parent is child care. When it’s cheap, it’s usually not very high quality. When it’s high quality, it’s not usually very cheap. Sometimes it may seem as though there is no middle ground. But getting quality child care at an affordable price is possible. Here’s how to get it:

State Assistance

Most states have programs and resources to help struggling parents with child care. They may provide referrals, financial assistance, or anything in between. Contact your state's human services department to find out how you can get help. 

Head Start Programs

These programs provide child care and early education for low income families. They also provide health care services. Most Head Start programs are income based, so you will have to contact your nearest program to see if you qualify. 

Babysitting Co-ops

Put very simply, babysitting co-ops are area groups of parents that take turns watching each other's children. If you can’t find one in your area, look into putting one together. Even if you can only find one other family, you can do child care swaps.

Drop-in Centers

If you work at odd hours or less than full time, consider using drop-in child care centers instead of traditional daycares. They are typically only a fraction of the cost and only charge you for the time your child is there, as opposed to a flat-rate.

Getting quality child care at an affordable price is possible. Any of these will cost you a fraction of the price typically paid for child care. If you have a friend or relative that you trust who is able to care for your child, you can save even more, though it’s best to offer to pay them something.

 

By: Alecia Stanton







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