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WA in Top Five for High Childcare Costs

September 18, 2008

Tacoma, WA – Young families are feeling added pressure from inflation because the amount they pay for childcare is rising even faster than other expenses. In a new national survey of childcare costs, average prices in Washington State are the third most expensive for babies, and fourth most expensive for preschoolers.

Elizabeth Bonbright-Thompson, executive director of the Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network, says middle-income families in which both parents work are caught in the crunch.

"Childcare prices are higher than any other household expense. In every region of the United States, the average childcare fees for an infant are higher than the average amount that families spend on food."

The average cost of infant care is more than college tuition at an in-state school. In terms of affordability, Bonbright-Thompson says, the difference is in the timing of such major expenses.

"You have a whole lifetime, 18 years, to save up for college, but immediately, you have these costs for childcare. Usually young, middle-income families are just starting out, and they've got these huge expenses - $12,000 for a baby in childcare for a year."

And parents with two children, she adds, now often pay more for daycare than for their rent or mortgage. She believes the State Legislature should find ways to help more single parents and middle-income families cope with childcare costs. She also predicts the outcome of the governor's race in November will set the tone for early learning as a priority in the state.

The survey, by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies lists the other states with the most expensive childcare as Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA