Child Care Limitations

11 08 2010

From the Department of Why-I’ll-Probably-Be-A-Stay-Home-Dad-For-A-While comes the 2010 report from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, which includes such gems as:

Child Care Costs are High Compared to Household Expenses
• In every U.S. region, the average center-based child care fees for an infant exceeded the average annual amount that families spent on food. Center-based child care fees for an infant exceeded annual rent payments in 24 states.
• Center-based child care fees for two children (an infant and a 4-year-old) exceeded annual rent and mortgage payments in 18 states.
Child Care Costs are High Compared to College Costs
• In 40 states, the average annual cost for center-based care for an infant was higher than a year’s tuition and related fees at a four-year public college.

So, again, my work will be taking place in the very early mornings while they sleep and I’ll take the day-shift. It’s not an easy choice, but there are worse fates for sure and we really just can’t afford the centers we’ve looked at unless my income really was pretty substantial. It takes a bit of a toll on my feelings of self-worth at times. Ultimately, though, my problem isn’t really with the child care providers so much as it is with the economy in general. The recession is rough. Incomes need to be higher for everyone. That’s where the balance is supposed to be coming from but isn’t.