It now costs more to send a toddlers to daycare than it does to pay for a public college education. That means some single parents are spending as much as 50 percent of each paycheck on child care services.
According to Child Care Aware of America, the cost of daycare grew up to eight times faster than the average family's income in 2012.
"A weekly tuition for infant/toddler care in the state of Illinois is $12,600, and the that's the annual fee. The annual yearly tuition and fees or a public education for a university is $12,111," says Danita Lewis Vice President of Programs for the YWCA of Rockford
This leaves some parents choosing between paying the bills, and sending their children to daycare.
Anita Rumage, Executive Director for Circles of Learning says, "I think child care is just like any other industry, the costs continue to go up, there's regulations and rules that we also must follow and sometimes those have some costs that go with them."
But there is help, if families meet the requirements.
LEwis says, "We actually have a program that's available called the child care assistance program and what that does is it actually assists families in paying for that weekly child care fee."
"And then the subsidy is based on income so that could be 34 dollars a month," adds Rumage.
A total of 3,500 families across Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson and Jo Davies counties receive help from the YWCA's Child Care Assistance program.
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