Child Care Costs More Than College

child care costs
Child care costs can cost more than public college!

Child care costs. It’s a two-sided coin. On one hand, you want the best care for your child when you aren’t with him. On the other side of the coin – child care costs are outrageous!

As a working mom to now four children, I can testify to paying daycare fees that cost more than our mortgage. So when I saw that public college in some instances costs less than putting an infant in child care, I wasn’t too surprised.

In the state of Texas, where I live – the average cost for the care of an infant in day care is $7,850. The average cost for public college is $7,743.  While $7,850 (on average) sounds like a large number – in Washington D.C. child care costs for an infant, on average is $18,200!

In fact in 36 states and the District of Columbia, one year of infant day care in a center is more expensive than a year of public college.

So the infamous question that nearly all working moms deal with is asked: Is the cost of day care worth it?

Read the full report on average child care costs by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

What Are Your Thoughts?

How can I budget for daycare? Learn more from Babble’s Child Care Guide!