I’m not sure if the daycare shortage is unique to Omaha, but it’s something that surprises first-time parents.
When you find out your pregnant, your hunt for daycare should begin. If your children are a little older, spots are easier to come by.
Number of Daycares
According to Care Lulu, there are 483 registered daycare centers in Omaha. Many of the elementary schools and private schools in the area also have PreK options.
You can also find several in home daycare options as well.
Price of Daycares
Daycares normally are around $120-$200 per week. Some of the cheapest options are around $25 or could be free with state assistance. Some of the most expensive can run up to $450 a week.
There are nanny services available in Omaha. Normally, nannies make between $10-$20 an hour. This could be a good alternative if a parent works part time or if shifts are alternating.
Also, some school districts provide pre-school and daycare options for infants up to kindergarten.
Look at reviews of different daycare centers online. This will reveal a lot of information about the daycare and how well it is managed.
Make sure you visit the daycare in person. Also, calling around as much as possible in order to find daycares with openings is crucial to finding a good daycare.
If you are starting a new job, ask your colleagues where they send their kids and what they think of the provider. Some companies such UNMC and First National Bank of Omaha actually provide on-site daycare to their employees.