Massachusetts ranks among the least affordable states in the nation for child care, according to a recent report by Child Care Aware of America. As the 7th least affordable state for child care, Massachusetts offers financial assistance for child care. More than 40,000 families, however, are on the subsidy waiting list.
From the Mansfield News & Enterprise:
In 2012, it cost an average of $12,176 a year to place a preschool child in a day care center in Massachusetts. That is roughly 11 percent of the income for a married couple earning the state median of $109,090. Add an infant to that family and the cost goes up $16,430 more – more than a quarter of the family’s income…
…Massachusetts is the seventh least affordable state when comparing day care costs for a 4-year-old for 2012, the resource center’s most recent report said.
Read more about the choices Massachusetts families are making in the Mansfield News & Enterprise.