So my kids have been at the same daycare center for about 7 years. I have always had daycare assistance through DHS because I could not afford to pay for daycare myself. The owner of the daycare was awesome and would just accept the DHS payment and would not make me pay the difference. Well the daycare was sold and someone else bought it. The new owner is great and we have known her for years because she worked at the daycare for along time before buying it. She has been making some changes, one of them being that she is charging the parents the difference from what DHS pays and what the daycare charges. That was not a big deal to me (it was about $40 week), I happily make my payments. I just recently got a new job and am making more money. Not alot but more than what I was making so DHS cancelled my daycare benefits. They said I am making too much money now to qualify. I am freaking out now because we have been living with my parents and are just about to move out since I have a good steady job but I dont see how with paying rent, utilities, gas, car insur, phone, ect I can afford to pay daycare too. We cannot stay living with my parents, they live an hour away from my work and kids school, this was just a temporary place to stay for us to get back on our feet. Im not sure yet until I talk to the daycare owner today but think it will cost me over $100 a week to have them at daycare. They are only there for about 20 mins in the morning and then 1 1/2 hrs after school. I definately dont know what I will do during the summer because they will be there all day, the price will more than double! My kids are ds10 and dd8 so I have a few years until they can stay home alone.
I dont know what to do. How do you other single moms afford daycare?