Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update

Source: Rosemary Kendall, National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, August 2010

From the abstract:
Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update provides average costs of child care for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age children in centers and family child care homes in every state. The average cost that parents paid for full-time care for a 4-year-old child in a center ranged from more than $4,050 in Mississippi to more than $13,150 a year in Massachusetts. The average center-based child care fees for an infant exceeded the average annual amount that families spent on food in every region of the United States. Monthly child care fees for two children at any age exceeded the median monthly rent cost, and were nearly as high, or even higher than, the average monthly mortgage payment in every state. Data are from a 2009 survey of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Networks. The message to parents, the general and policymakers echoes previous reports:

* Child Care Costs are High.
* Child Care Costs Are Rising.
* Child Care Costs are High Compared to Family Income.
* Child Care Costs are High Compared to Household Expenses.
* Child Care Costs are High Compared to College Costs
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