News 12 First @ Five -- November 11, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- Patricia Taylor used to let her kids go to child care but says now with the bad economy and rising prices, it just makes more sense to keep them home.
"It's hard. It's expensive because you got to pay for daycare before you can pay your light bill, grocery bill or anything else," said Patricia Taylor.
All over the country parents are pulling their kids from the playground because they just can't foot the bill.
"If you've got two or three kids, who can afford that?" said Taylor.
Juan Wiley of the children's network in north Augusta says incentives have helped them grow.
"We have actually seen an increase because we offer different programs for family members," said Juan Wiley.
Those programs include military discounts, multiple children discounts,even scholarships and the incentives don't stop there.
"We offer our teachers 100 percent, we pay for their schooling," said Wiley.
But even with extra incentives, Taylor says times are just tough no matter what.
"It's hard to make ends meet, no matter whether you have your kids in daycare or you don't," said Taylor.
And Wiley can agree.
"I think it's getting a little rough but it'll get better and we're here to try to help everyone," said Wiley.
Other child care centers in the area are usually accommodating of parents. They say all you need to do is talk with the center and review your options. The average cost of child care can range anywhere from 3,300 to almost 11,000 dollars a year.