Question for working moms

stilljes's picture

I'm sure there are many folks who run in-home daycares in Fishtown. I'm sort of planning and thinking about how the hubs and I could afford babies. Does anyone know of a resource to contact these in-home daycares and how much people typically charge?

Thanks in advance all!

lauraska's picture

Ooooooo...I wanna know, too!

Ooooooo...I wanna know, too!

codergrrl's picture

You just have to figure out

You just have to figure out what neighborhood mom you would want to trust your kids with.
Many at homes are not certified, etc.

athrahans's picture

codergrrl wrote:You just

codergrrl wrote:

You just have to figure out what neighborhood mom you would want to trust your kids with.
Many at homes are not certified, etc.

Yeah that!
I went back and forth about in-home daycares. I did NOT feel comfortable with leaving my child with someone who had no certification of any kind. I mean, if I knew the person well, it would have been a different story. I am new to the neighborhood, so that wasn't my situation.

I ended up going with GECA on Girard, and am very happy with my decision.

Also, I was quoted around $200/week (infant under 1) for most daycares, whether in-home or not. The cheapest I found was $125/week, but I think that is really rare.

Also, be sure to ask how many babies/kids they keep. Personally, more than 4 infants per caregiver is too much. IMO.

codergrrl's picture

GECA is a wonderful place,

GECA is a wonderful place, with great people working there.
If they have a spot, and you can afford it, I'd highly recommend it.

Tom Hillman's picture

I would echo everyones

I would echo everyones endorsement of GECA on Girard . We are very happy with the facility and its employees . As far as home care I would only consider it if the caregiver was a very close friend and only taking care of my kids and theirs and I would still be very apprehensive about what would happen if something went wrong .
I don't know if GECA has any openings but if they do check them out .

kdubs215's picture

GECA is great ! My son has

GECA is great ! My son has grown so much since he started going there everyday .. More interaction with kids brought out his personality over the last 6 months ( he is going on 17 months )

lauraska's picture

Do any of you guys mind

Do any of you guys mind telling us how much GECA costs? My hubby and I are also crunching the numbers to figure out if a kid is feasible, right now. (Okay, well I'M crunching the numbers and the hubby is just telling me it's not do-able right now...heh.)

athrahans's picture

GECA charges $185/week for

GECA charges $185/week for infants. The price goes down as they get older. The state allows more kids per caregiver as the kids age.

Not sure they have openings right now, but I would put a deposit down as soon as you know you're pregnant. Especially if you plan on only taking 3 months maternity leave. I signed up at 4 months pregnant.

There are not many places anywhere that accept babies under 1 year.

athrahans's picture

Another reason I went with

Another reason I went with an established daycare: I have heard horror stories of sitters/nannies who just bail on you completely with no notice, or need lots of time off, etc.

stilljes's picture

Thanks for all your input!!

Thanks for all your input!! Super helpful.

Now, what does GECA stand for, and what's their number?

athrahans's picture

Girard Early Childhood

Girard Early Childhood Academy
18 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19123
(215) 634-4333
Contact Person: Stacy Nikolopoulos, Director

eggs00's picture

I'm looking for a day care

I'm looking for a day care now for my 21 month old son. Stacy at GECA said they were all full in that age range until about March. I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas? I know there is Paradise Island Day Care in Northern Liberties. Anybody know anything about that place?

Maggie's picture

I have really liked Norris

I have really liked Norris Square Children's Center, on Mascher STreet between Norris and Diamond. The staff has a very low turn over rate, and they have the highest number of Stars in the state ranking system. They also are bilingual in English and Spanish, and have 3 hot meals a day....

jmminarik's picture

Hopefully our local daycares

Hopefully our local daycares don't join the national trend of growing vacancies as working moms and working dads are forced to become SAHM/SAHD's.

Matt Brannon's picture

Send a PM to Teri

Send a PM to Teri (citidove), she runs the Neighborhood Parenting Program and I'm sure that she has a ton of contacts for you.