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The Five Best and Worst Cities for Child Care in the United States

If you are looking for childcare in Boston, we have good news for you. A survey by Care.com, the national online childcare, elder-care and pet-care resource,  just declared Beantown the best city in the United States for finding high quality childcare at an affordable price.

According to the New York Daily News, Care.com CEO Wendy Sachs credited Boston’s high rating to a relatively large number of college and graduate students who work in child care, lower costs and high number of providers trained in such things as CPR and other basic safety measures.

The other cities in the top five: Seattle, Denver, Rochester, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida.

As for the dogs of the day care and child care scene,  New Orleans headed up the list, followed by New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

It goes without saying that this list points to the fact that the state of childcare in the United States could best be described as pathetic. There are no national standards, and much of what is available is both expensive and not of particularly high quality. (How expensive? In the majority of states, the cost of placing an infant in a daycare setting now exceeds that of tuition at a public university.) State subsidized daycare is scarce, and scandals not infrequent. Good quality daycare is in such demand that in Los Angeles and New York, the two cities I’ve been a mother in, people routinely put their children on wait lists while their babies are still in utero. Others refuse to pull their children out of expensive childcare situations when they lose a job, not because they do not wish to save money or spend more time with their son or daughter, but because they will never, ever get the coveted spot back when they regain employment.

OK, I’ve ranted enough. Now it’s your turn. If you live in one of the cities mentioned, do you agree with Care.com’s analysis and why or why not. If your city was not mentioned, can you tell us about the childcare situation in your town?

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Photo: U.S. Government

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