The cost of childcare

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Registered: 11-13-2008
The cost of childcare
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 4:24pm

Did anyone see the recent report on how childcare costs can be more expensive than sending them to college?

The expense of child care is inescapable for parents who don't have anywhere else to leave their children while at work. Yet more and more low-income working parents are unable to meet their child care obligations and many quit their jobs or lose them because of unplanned absences, leading to increased dependency on welfare programs, The Huffington Post's Peter Goodman reported in April.

For single parents living in states at the higher end of the cost spectrum, child care is simply unaffordable. The average single mother of an infant in New York, Minnesota and Massachusetts would have to pay more than half of her income for day care at a center, according to the report.

You can read the rest of the article at this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/cost-of-childcare_n_1797776.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl20%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D195319

What can be done to make childcare more affordable for parents?  Should the government step in and put limits in place on how much centers can charge? 

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Registered: 09-28-2012
Thu, 10-04-2012 - 6:29pm
I spend like $800 a month to get my kids in daycare a few days a week - so I have time alone with each kid, and a day where they are both in daycare so I have some time to myself. I guess if I do the math it is $10,000/year. I never thought about that! It is like college for 1 kid, if they have a scholarship! OUCH, I better start saving that money once they are in school
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 4:56pm
In what way would the government make sure taht centers are properly staffed AND affordable?
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Registered: 04-01-2008
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 11:35am

I definitely think there's a role for the govt to play here in subsidizing high quality childcare. Study after study shows the benefits of early education and greater access to good programs has value for everyone in a society (since it leads to long term success, among other things).

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 7:50am
To a certain extent, you get what you pay for in child care, if you want to put your kids in a situation where they ate safe, nurtured, and have a shot at having some stability/continuity of care with providers to whom they are bonded, it costs $$$$. That's all there is to it.