Child Care Is More Expensive Than College In Most States
by Daniel Marans, HuffPost Politics, October 6, 2015
The ballooning cost of college isn’t the only thing breaking parents’ bank accounts.
It’s more expensive to pay for a year of day care for an infant than to pay for a year of tuition at public colleges in most U.S. states, according to an analysis of child care costs released Tuesday by the progressive Economic Policy Institute.
The analysis, “High Quality Child Care Is Out of Reach for Working Families,” found that child care is unaffordable for median-income, two-child families in 10 major metropolitan areas — and it’s way out of reach for minimum-wage workers, regardless of where they live.
The annual cost of child care for an infant, which EPI defines as a 1-year-old child for the purposes of its analysis, exceeded the average price of a year of in-state tuition at a public 4-year college in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2014.
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