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New Report Sheds Light on Current State of Childcare Crisis

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides new data on the childcare crisis, detailing the expensive, ever-growing cost of childcare as well as the toll that paying for it—or being unable to pay for it—takes on families. If you don’t have time to read the 50-page report, Axios journalist Astrid Glavin covers the main takeaways, including key stats, stories from families, the roots of inaccessible childcare, and potential policy solutions.

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Average cost of child care hit $10,600 in 2021

New data shows how deeply families have struggled to stay afloat while working and paying for child care, and how in many cases they've been forced to quit jobs to stay home with a kid — especially if they are Latino, Black or live in poverty.

By the numbers: About 17% of Black children and 16% of Latino kids ages 5 and under lived with a family member who had to quit, change or refuse a job because of child care issues in 2021, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released Wednesday.

  • The same was true for 10% of white non-Hispanic children.

  • The average annual national cost of child care for one kid in 2021 was $10,600, or one-tenth of a married couple's median income and more than one-third of a single parent's income, according to the report.

  • Child care costs have increased by 220% since 1990, outpacing inflation, per the report.

  • Infant care is even more burdensome — it costs more than in-state tuition at a public university in 34 states and in Washington, D.C.

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