Comparing the price of daycare to college tuition
Thu, 01 Sep 2011 23:25:00 GMT —
In our Facebook Story of the Day, you wanted to know how the price of daycare and the price of college compared.
According to a national child care study, in Georgia, the average cost of college is more than $5,196 per year while infant child care is $7,200, making daycare more expensive than college. But daycare for school-age children is an estimated $2,000 less than the average college tuition, averaging at $3,200.
The range in prices relating to the age of a child stems from the amount of care required from each age group.
"When they're very young they depend on us much more than as opposed to a three year old whose pretty much growing into their independency and saying 'I don't need your help in holding a spoon, you don't need to feed me, I can basically do this on my own,'" says Monique Evans, director of a new child care center, Genesis New Beginnings at 1321 Radium Springs Road.
Evans charges parents $109 per week for infant child care at her facility -- coming out to roughly $5,668 annually -- and approximately $80 per week for potty-trained children. But Evans says you can't put a price on safety for children. Safety is what she says she offers at her facility, along with educational classes and three meals a day.
Locally, tuition per year is roughly $6,096 at Albany State University, $3,534 at Darton College and $2,094 at Albany Technical College. According to these numbers, infant child care at Genesis New Beginnings is cheaper than paying tuition at Albany State University.