U.S. families face ‘exponential increase’ in child care costs: Care.com CEO

Child care is getting more expensive, putting even more financial pressure on American families at a time when they’re already paying more for groceries and gas.

According to a recent survey from Care.com, nearly two-thirds of parents say child care costs have gone up in the past year. As a result, 59% are more concerned about how much they will spend on child care this year compared to previous years.

“It’s eating up wallet share and doesn’t leave money for other goods,” Care.com CEO Tim Allen told Yahoo Finance (video above). “We have seen an exponential increase in nanny rates as well as daycares and child-care centers.”

FILE – Amy McCoy signs to a baby about food as a toddler finishes lunch behind at her Forever Young Daycare facility, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

As costs rise, more than half of American families are spending 20% or more of their annual income on childcare and 72% spend 10% or more. To put this in perspective, child care is considered ‘affordable’ when it costs families 7% or less of their household income, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The average cost of a nanny for one child rose to $694 per week in 2021 and $226 per week for daycare centers. That’s up 22% and 24% respectively compared to 2019.

The survey also found more than half of families plan to spend more than $10,000 on child care this year, more than the average yearly cost of in-state…

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