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One Thing Washington Can Do: Ease Costs for Child Care

The New America Care Reportwas covered in Christian Science Monitor

Child-care help has become a necessity, but a fifth of families rely on a “patchwork” system of cobbled-together care, according to a new study called The Care Report.
The study, put out by the New America public policy institute and Care.com, found that full-time care at a center costs an average $9,589 a year – more than the average cost for in-state college tuition, and nearly a fifth of annual median household income. The average cost for an in-home caregiver is $28,353, according to the report. No state scores well in all three categories of the study’s criteria: cost, quality, and availability.