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Types of child care vary widely, including full-time live-in nannies (a rarity in Charlotte), group day care, and publicly funded programs. Here's a breakdown of how it'll rip into your wallet.

  $$$$$  $
Professional Nanny
Full-time, one-on-one care in your home, including child-related household duties such as cooking, laundering, and driving
Live-in nanny, working 40 to 55 hours a week. Through Private Placements (704- 332-5723): $450 to $800/week (depending on experience) + room and board
Live-out nanny, 45 to 50 hours a week. Through Private Placements: $550 to $700/week
A foreign-born au pair with minimal child-care experience, 45 hours a week, one-year contract. Through Au Pair in America ( $335/week + room and board
Group Child Care
Full-time care in a group setting
The Goddard School, based in Ballantyne Corporate Park, with a five-star rating (the highest possible from the state licensing commission), serving about 130 children: $270/week for infant care, $216/week for a four-year-old
Miss Pauline's Home Day Care, a four-star-rated, home-based child-care center with slots for five children: $140/week
Full-time care at one of the many licensed child-care centers that participate in the state subsidy program for qualifying low-income families: copay of 10 percent of gross income for a family with one to
three children
Preparing for kindergarten
Half-day, for-profit kindergarten-prep program for four-year-olds, Learning Links Academy in the Blakeney area, 8:30 a.m. to noon, five days a week: $480/month
Church-based program for enriching three- and four-year-olds, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., five days a week, Carmel Baptist's WEE School in Matthews: $282/month
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Bright Beginnings pre-kindergarten program, available to children based on academic and financial need, nineteen area school sites: free


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