We currently spend $230 for 2 kids, to go to daycare M,T,W.
It is an in home daycare located about 5 minutes from our house. Our daycare provider is a wonderful woman and the kids LOVE going to her house to play with their friends. Three years ago, when we were looking for daycare, we did drive bys to check out the homes- to check the neighborhood, check the house, etc. If it was dumpy, I didn't bother calling/interviewing. There weren't a lot to choose from at the time-
I do remember interviewing one potential daycare provider- we walked in, she looked at my daughter (who was a babe at the time), and said "so, she's how old?" and then proceeded to give her "schpeel". The daycare area of the house was BORING and she was cold. The next woman we interviewed looked at our daughter and "oh she is beautiful, do you mind if I hold her" and on and on and on. We knew right then that she was the provider for us. Her daycare area was FUN and educational- books and activities and songs, etc. The only downside, at the time, was that she only did daycare M,T,W. Now I am more than happy to only work outside the home on M,T,and W.