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Mass. Tops Daycare Costs List: What Do You Pay in Medford?

Massachusetts has the highest daycare costs for infants and children up to age 4 in the United States, according to a study by Child Care Aware of America.

Massachusetts has the highest daycare costs for infants and children up to age 4 in the United States, according to a study by Child Care Aware of America

Bay State residents pay an average $14,980 per year, according to the study, and as percentage of state median income for a two-parent family, Massachusetts ranks as the ninth most expensive state in the country at 14.2 percent. New York tops the list at 15.9 percent and has the second highest costs at $14,009.

Putting that percentage in context, the study says that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that parents spend no more than 10 percent of their family income on child care.

If you're a single mom in Massachusetts, it's even worse, with child care costs taking up 53.6 percent of the median income of a single-mother family.

What do you pay in Medford for child care? What cost trends have you seen in recent years? Is it too much? Tell us in the comments below.

Alicia Hunt August 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Do you know that an entry-level kindergarten teacher makes more than the average daycare director? Daycare may be expensive, but it is directly related to the cost of living. How does daycare as a percentage of income in MA rank against other states?
Alicia Hunt August 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Oh, I re-read that it's 9th compared to median income. We also have strict laws about the number of teachers to students of a certain age in MA, which I've appreciated so far. The limit is 2 teachers to 20 preschoolers aged 2.9 to 5 years old.

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