In most states, daycare costs more than college
In a majority of states, daycare costs more than college, causing many women and some men to choose to stay at home rather then pay thousands a year for child care.
In a majority of states, daycare costs are higher than college tuition, which is already overwhelming for many families. The reality of childcare costs could be one of the factors behind an increase in women and a few men hanging up jobs to stay at home with the kids.
In more than half the country, daycare costs more than college, according to a report from Child Care Aware America. In 31 states, daycare costs for infants are higher than in-state tuition fees at public universities.
While Pennsylvania's college costs exceed daycare costs by a few thousand dollars a year, those in states like New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Florida and California experience daycare costs that are thousands of dollars more than the cost of college. Still, costs in Pennsylvania are significant at $9,000 to $12,000 each year.
A recent Pew report found that instead of giving up paychecks to daycare, more and more women are choosing to just stay home. One out of every three moms stay at home today, up from one out of five more than a decade ago.
More than a quarter of all children in the United States are from Latino families. A National Association of Child Care survey of Latino parents found that 80 percent of Latino children under the age of 3 years old are taken care of by someone who is not a parent and nearly half are cared for by a relative. More than 90 percent of Latino parents support increasing publicly funded child care programs and starting public education earlier.