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Parents and the high cost of child care: 2016 report

The 10th edition of Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016 includes a comprehensive literature review which describes key concerns underlying the complex issue of the high costs surrounding child care for families across the country. We provide an overview of at risk populations adversely affected by high child care costs as well as a general lack of available high-quality options. A review of child care provider workforce statistics reveals a significantly underpaid population of early educators all too often unable to cover the costs of child care for their own children. In a world where parents are unable to pay the high cost of care, child care providers are often simultaneously unable to keep their doors open - a review of cost modeling and child care financing literature is also included. As in previous years, we provide the average cost of care for each state and the percent of median income married and single parents pay for child care. This year, we found child care to be unaffordable in 49 states plus DC - Louisiana is the only state with affordable center-based infant care. Louisiana has done a great deal to make care more affordable for parents - for more information, see the Solutions section of this report. Costs and affordability percentages are reported for center-based and family child care. In addition, analyses of county-level data have been included for four states: Arizona, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. As our nation's leading voice for child care, Child Care Aware(R) of America provides a full review of solutions and policy recommendations. (author abstract)
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