Why is child care so expensive in the United States?

Apr 29, 2021
It's labor intensive, and caregiver wages are most of the cost. Still, workers, mostly women of color, make "near-poverty wages."
Regulations vary by state, but child care centers usually need at least one caregiver for every four infants. That ratio might be 1 to 6 for older toddlers.
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How rising child care costs affect the workers taking care of your kids

Aug 11, 2016
Politicians are touting reform to help parents pay for increasing child care costs. Childcare workers and early educators say they need those reforms as well.
Children play at a daycare facility in Germany. 
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