By Mike LaCrosse
A new study shows it's more expensive to send your infant to day care than your kid to a state college.
The study by Child Care Aware ranked Massachusetts 4th and Rhode Island 13th for infant care costs. In Massachusetts it averages about $16,430 and in Rhode Island it averages about $12,075.
The average cost for a state school in both states is around $10,000.
The cost for care is hard on many parents like Jennifer Clinkscales of Attleboro. She gets state aid, but still pays about $700 a month for her two kids.
"It's helpful, they do help me, but definitely do have to budget a lot month to month. It's not like I have extra money during the month," said Clinkscales.
"I don't even bother to send them to daycare. Why go back to work when by the time I earn how much it's gonna cost to send them all to daycare," said Shannon Swanson.
According to Children's Express Child Care, Inc. owner Maura Letourneau Massachusetts' strict regulations also drive up costs. Add to that her operating costs.
"We have insurance and rent, electricity, teacher's benefits, vacation pay. It's a real business like any other business," said Letourneau.
For the full study click on the link – http://usa.childcareaware.org/sites/default/files/cost_of_care_2013_103113_0.pdf
For more information on how to get state aid for child care click on the link - http://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/financial-assistance/financial-assistance-for-families/
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