Are Child Care Costs Driving Parents Back Home?

Annie Holmquist | August 10, 2015

Are Child Care Costs Driving Parents Back Home?

Child care costs are increasingly unmanageable for American families.

According to the Washington Post, “The average annual cost of infant-center-based care is virtually the same as the average cost of tuition and fees at a four-year public college.”

And it’s not only infant care that is straining the pocketbooks of Americans – childcare in general is downright expensive.

“Over the past 30 years, average weekly child-care expenses for families with working mothers who paid for the service surged more than 70 percent — from $87 to $148, based on data from the Census Bureau.”

How are parents handling this strain?

“More than three-quarters of mothers and half of fathers in the United States say they’ve passed up work opportunities, switched jobs or quit to tend to their kids, according to a new Washington Post poll.”

One has to wonder: Is the solution to this growing problem more government funding for childcare or government mandates which demand employer flexibility for parents? Or, is it simply time to recognize that a two-parent working culture might not always be the most cost-effective option for American families any more?

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