The States with the Most and Least Affordable Child Care



“That reduction in spending is really more of a reflection of lack of access to care and lack of economic stability for families to be able to afford care,” says Alycia Hardy, a child care policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy.

Hardy also pointed out that costs for child care providers themselves have increased, since centers have to comply with a slew of new pandemic-related safety measures.

“We know that child care costs have not gone down,” she says. “Instead, costs have steadily increased to meet the increased expenses related to providing care during the ongoing pandemic, including masks, sanitizing, reduced classroom sizes, temperature checks and food safety requirements.”

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