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Reimel61 07-10-2018 03:40 PM

Rate Changes
 
Need some advice. Been in daycare for going on 16 years. Over the years I have gradually increased my rates. When I first started doing daycare my rates were pretty low for the area. Last year I started with a family and charged still what I would consider low for an infant slot (about $20 below the average) but still the highest I ever charged for an infant. Now Iím having a hard time filling my current openings and am considering lowering my rates. Is it legal to be charging one family one rate and another family a different rate? I know on occasion Iíve given sibling discount and that could explain the different rates charge to different families. Would I have to reduce every oneís rate? Thanks

hwichlaz 07-10-2018 04:54 PM

Originally Posted by Reimel61:
Need some advice. Been in daycare for going on 16 years. Over the years I have gradually increased my rates. When I first started doing daycare my rates were pretty low for the area. Last year I started with a family and charged still what I would consider low for an infant slot (about $20 below the average) but still the highest I ever charged for an infant. Now Iím having a hard time filling my current openings and am considering lowering my rates. Is it legal to be charging one family one rate and another family a different rate? I know on occasion Iíve given sibling discount and that could explain the different rates charge to different families. Would I have to reduce every oneís rate? Thanks

Contracts are private. The only way you could get in trouble is if you accept subsidy and there is a clause in your subsidy contract requiring you charge everyone the same.

Blackcat31 07-10-2018 05:02 PM

My contract/policies state “Rates are different for each family as each contract and agreement for services is tailored to fit each individual family’s needs.”

My budget has different needs at different times so if I have a space to fill, I do it in whatever way meets that needs.
We all do. ;):)

TomCopeland 07-12-2018 09:10 AM

Rates
 

Originally Posted by Reimel61:
Need some advice. Been in daycare for going on 16 years. Over the years I have gradually increased my rates. When I first started doing daycare my rates were pretty low for the area. Last year I started with a family and charged still what I would consider low for an infant slot (about $20 below the average) but still the highest I ever charged for an infant. Now Iím having a hard time filling my current openings and am considering lowering my rates. Is it legal to be charging one family one rate and another family a different rate? I know on occasion Iíve given sibling discount and that could explain the different rates charge to different families. Would I have to reduce every oneís rate? Thanks

You can charge different rates to different parents as long as it's not based on race, sex, religion, ethnic background, national origin or disability. I would not lower your rates. Instead, you can offer short term discounts (1-3 months).


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