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A High-Low Look at the Cost of Childcare

Professional nannies, preschool and daycares

We know childcare can be expensive, so we rounded up a few numbers of local childcare services from live-in nannies to school-district based programs. In no time you can begin planning for a childcare program that best fits your family’s budget.

Professional nanny

Experienced, live-in nanny who washes children’s laundry, prepares meals, bathes children, keeps children’s rooms and bathrooms clean and drives children to and from school and activities through Dallas Nannies$600-$1000 per week (depending on nanny’s education level, number of children and duties) plus $150 application fee. 214/505-5230.

GoNannies Inc$800-$600 per week; some candidates’ salaries are negotiable. 214/295-5819.

Live-in nanny who has passed state and federal criminal background checks. Nannies trained to design and use curriculum for children. Performs household tasks like preparing children’s meals and doing children’s laundry. 40 hours per week. Through Mom’s Best Friend placement agency in Dallas. $489 per week (at a minimum 30 hours per week), $15 per hour minimum, plus $250 membership fee (for new clients) and a minimum $1,800 placement fee. 214/295-5819.

Foreign-born au pair on temporary work visa. Up to 45 hours per week; minimal experience. Through Au Pair in America$377 per week (average of $450 application fee, $8,950 annual program fee and $195.75 per week for one year). 800/928-7247.


The Alcuin School in Dallas offers a full-day class for toddlers (5:30pm dismissal) that focuses on independent learning and a developmental curriculum involving math, culture, language and more. $35,828 tuition per academic year plus $150 application fee. 972/239-1745.

The Da Vinci School in Dallas kindergarten primer class for 5-year-olds. 8:45am-2:15pm Monday-Friday. Up to 15 students in one class. Advanced language arts program, science, art and more. August-May with summer camps available. $16,705 per year, which includes consumables and parent organization fees. $535 registration fee per child. 214/373-9504.

The Clariden School (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) in Southlake offers a half-day Montessori program for children ages 3-6 from 8-11:30am, as well as an after-school care program at an additional cost. $5,303–$16,433 annually, plus $175 application fee. Sibling discounts are available. 682/237-0400.

Dallas ISD offers free and tuition pre-kindergarten programs for children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1 the school year they start the program). Children qualify for the free program if they meet at least one of the requirements listed here. The tuition rate is $5,250 per year ($525 a month for a 10-month payment schedule). 972/925-3700.

The Fort Worth ISD’s pre-kindergarten program is for children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1 the school year they start the program). Priority is given to students who meet federal guidelines as listed hereFree. 817/814-2070.

Center-Based Daycare

Crème de la Crème early learning centers (with locations in Plano, Allen, Frisco, Colleyville and Coppell) offers a preschool class with a curriculum of science, art, and music. 6:30am-6:30pm daily during the school year; also offers summer camps. Price includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Pricing varies on location but is around $1,429 a month (per the Coppell location), in addition to a $500 enrollment fee. 800/374-5715.

The Children’s Courtyard (with 47 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth) uses a kindergarten preparation curriculum in its classes for children ages 3-5. Lessons focus on literacy, math and science, with outdoor and field trips included. 6:00am-6:30pm daily. Price includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Average of 30 children per two teachers for the 3 year olds and 36 children per two teachers for the 4 and 5 year olds. Visit for more information. Pricing varies by location, but is around $214–$220 per week plus a $140 registration fee per child or $220 registration fee for the family. 877/771-0629

The Moody Family YMCA is home to The Rise School for ages 6 months to 6 years old for littles with and without special needs. Care is offered from 8am–2:30pm daily; after school care is available from 2:30–5:30pm at an additional fee.Tours are given every Wednesday morning, where you can request an application. $1,200 per month, in addition to a $30 application fee. Financial aid is available to families who qualify. 214/526-7293. 

The Center for Transforming Lives in Fort Worth and Arlington accept children ages from birth–5 years and focus on early childhood development, from self-help to language. The program is open to children who are living in shelters or whose parents need a sliding-scale fee. 6:30am-6pm daily. Begins at $193 per week for preschoolers, plus $50 enrollment fee per family. 817/536-1731.

This article was originally published in the April 2009 issue of DallasChild, Fort WorthChild and North TexasChild, with updates made this year.