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Colorado Daycare Costs More Than College

January 9, 2009

Denver, CO – It's an equation that seems out of balance. The cost of childcare for working parents in Colorado is rising - while, at the same time, younger students are falling behind in school and early education levels are far below average.

A new report from the Children's Defense Fund confirms what many parents of young children may not realize - that it's costing more to send them to daycare than if they were heading off to college. It's just one of the alarming findings in the "State of America's Children" report, says CDF spokesman Ed Shelleby.

"The cost of sending a preschool age child, to daycare in Colorado is exceeding about $7 thousand a year – which is more expensive than to send a student to a public college in Colorado for one year."

The report was compiled over the past year. Shelleby adds Colorado is part of another upsetting national trend: youngsters are falling behind in their basic studies.

"The number of fourth graders living in Colorado who can't read at grade level is at 64 percent, and the number of fourth graders in Colorado who can't perform math at grade level is 59 percent."

The findings indicate that, in many states, children lag behind nearly all industrialized nations on some key indicators of childhood health and well being, including child poverty, exposure to gun violence, and teen birth rates.
The report is available on the CDF Web site, www.childrensdefense.org.

Bruce Kennedy, Public News Service - CO