Ok, I need some advice and from what I've been reading from this group, you guys seem like awesome people and give great advice!
My son is 5.5 months old (almost, lol). Anyways - my son's father and I are not together and we are in the process of court hearings to establish custody/visitation/support. The court appointed an attorney to my son to testify on my son's best interests. My son's father and I have both had a meeting with the attorney and she does not like my current daycare situation.
Right now - Mon & Fri my son goes to my best friends house (I pay her $50/week). Tues & Wed my son is with my mom (who works full time but schedules her days off on these days to help me out and spend time with her grandson) and Thurs my son goes to my grandfather's house and his wife watches him. I know that's a lot of different places for a lil' one to be going to, but I can't afford anything else at the moment.
However, since the attorney for my son does not like this schedule, I'm trying to work something out in order to get the situation fixed before our court date. I've found a daycare that is really close to my office and it's in a church. They have really great references and they are talking about starting a program where they watch children 3 days a week instead of 5 (so I can keep letting my son stay with my mom two days). Right now, their five day a week program is $200 a week. So I'm thinking their 3 day a week program will most likely be around $150/week.
Is that high for daycare? I feel really comfortable knowing my son will be in care at a church.
I will not be able to afford this alone. Until support is established, I'm going to have to rely on my family to help me - I can't apply for benefits, I make too much money.
Anyways, sorry this is long, I just don't know if that's really high for daycare. I've tried to call other centers to get an idea of how much they charge and they are like "you have to come in and we can talk to you..." Well, I work and don't have a lot of time to take off so it's not like I can drop everything and just go in to see how much they charge, you know?
By the way - I'm in a "higher cost of living" area. I live pretty close to Washington DC. (I'm sure that makes a difference in child care costs.)