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July 07, 2008

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Rosie Sherry

It's a shame really. As a parent with two young (pre-school) kids it would definitely make me think again whether it is worth going to work if the costs of childcare would go up that much.

As it's in dollars, am not entirely sure how it relates to wages, but childcare costs are often very similar income of one parent (at least in the UK), especially when there is more than one under 5 involved.

I know many mothers/families who could work, but don't because everything they'd earn would go into childcare, (spare a few pennies).

Flexible working and childcare are my number one concerns. If an employer or client can't offer me that then I won't bother.

Evil HR Lady

You lost me on the $57,000 for two kids in daycare. Holy cow. And I thought the offspring's daycare was expensive at $300 per week (full time cost, she was only in for 2 days a week, so we paid $128 a week). She had triplets in her class and I wondered why on earth both parents worked.

Then I thought, if I had triplets, maybe I would WANT to work just to get out of the house. Triplets would be hard.

Boy, this is one irrelevant post!

Meg Bear

can't help but think that Google could learn something from Harry Burns (When Harry met Sally).

Kris, why is it that your posts always make me want to quote movies?
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Harry Burns: You take someone to the airport, its clearly the beginning of the relationship. That's why I have never taken anyone to the airport at the beginning of a relationship.
Sally Albright: Why?
Harry Burns: Because eventually things move on and you don't take someone to the airport and I never wanted anyone to say to me, How come you never take me to the airport anymore?

KD

Hi Evil - I know, I know... 57K kind of lost me too, but I believe Meg lives in the area, and can probably give us a better bay area/silicon valley perspective on this one.

Meg - I'm glad my posts make you want to quote movies!! That's one of the classic ways to communicate in my eyes. I'm going to follow up with a benefit expectations/entitlement post next week, I'll use the clip if I can find it (with a hat tip to you, of course). if you have a Central CA perspective for Evil, KD and the readers on the cost of quality daycare, please share....

Rosie - thanks for the thoughts and stopping by....

Meg Bear

OMG you don't want to get me started on the cost of high quality childcare in the Valley.

First, let me say that I am fortunate enough to have wonderful Nanny help for my kids but I do pay much more on childcare per month then I do for a house payment (which is also outrageous here).

Nanny rates can be from $13 to $25 an hour (and not that is NOT a typo) "depending on experience". I don't have intel on center rates but I would expect them to be in the $10/hour range which would put them around $20k a year for one child.

So, net net I think Google has put themselves on the high side but not out of the ballpark, considering that there would be no extra commute-time cost for childcare (assuming you worked at the same location.)

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