Coloradans pay a lot for child care, says Congress committee

If you’ve long felt that you’re paying a lot for child care in Colorado, congrats! The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee has validated that feeling with a new report.

Colorado is third among the top 10 states with the highest average annual costs of infant care at an average of $14,950, topped only by the District of Columbia at $22,658 and Massachusetts at $17,082.

And its seventh among the top 10 states with the highest average child care costs for a 4-year-old, at an average of $11,089.

Infant care makes up 19.5 percent as a share of the median family income in Colorado, which jumps to 49.8 percent for a share of the median income for a single mother.

But single mothers already have quite the struggle in infant-care costs, as the graphic below shows.

And compare that to the median family graphic shown here.

The report continues to say that President Donald Trump’s most recent tax plan would not do much to help the situation, as it would mainly benefit high-income families, with little relief given for low- to middle-income families.

© 2017 KUSA-TV


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