I want to start out by saying daycare is an extremely important topic for those of us who are providing for our family outside the home. I realize that this topic of working moms is tense but I'm doing what I'm doing for my family, not anyone else's family.
I live in Lincoln, Nebraska, a city of 250,000 with the University of Nebraska and it's the state capitol so the State and the University are the biggest employers--both downtown. There is a huge need for quality, affordable child care, especially downtown where over 19,000 women work each day. Sorry to spout the statistics but it's relevant when I give the numbers.
Daycare centers: (we have been part of 2 centers: one run by the University, and now we attend a private church-ran center). These are M-F, full-time, 2 meals provided, care centers. Hours are 7:00 to 5:30 (we don't use those hours as I don't work full time so we pay for time we are not there.)
Private Christian center: Infants: $170 per week; Toddlers; $166 per week; Preschool; $150 per week, kindergarten $98 per week. We have a toddler and preschooler so we pay $316 per week for child care or about $1300 a month. But this is EXCELLENT child care. Top of the line.
Prior University daycare (took over by the YWCA): Infants: $150, toddlers: $140, preschool: $125 per week.
I have a good friend who runs an in-home center (she lives too far for it to be feasible for me to take the boys there). She charges $100 per week for infants and $80 per week for over age 2. she is by herself; 8 kids max; 2 infants max. I don't know if she charges less for a second child. This was in 2006 so her rates may have gone up. She doesn't provide breakfast but does provide lunch. She doesn't take Title XX.
But what I have found is for centers, it's anywhere from $140 to $170 a week for infants. Home daycares are about $100 per week for infants, so the cost is much less for in-home. In our old neighborhood, we had no in-home providers in a 2 mile radius so that's why I looked downtown where I worked. In our new area, I have not checked as we are happy with our current daycare center and preschool.
In our area, private/church ran centers are more expensive than the for-profit type of chain daycares. But the chain daycares are not in our area and seem to be out in the 'burbs. In-home centers are quite a bit less.
Hope this helps!