CORVALLIS, Ore. — It’s getting harder and harder for parents in Oregon to afford the cost of child care.
A new study by researchers at Oregon State University found that child care prices increased 13 percent from 2004 to 2012, while household incomes declined nine-percent.
Oregon has been ranked the third-most expensive state in the country for infant child care; in Benton County, it costs $12,000 a year, making it one of the most expensive counties in the state. OSU research associate Bobbie Weber, the author of the study, says that the findings dispel the perception that a majority of children are in child care centers.
“Less than half of them are in centers,” says Weber. “They’re predominantly in homes; either their parents’ home or the home of a relative.”
There is help available for struggling parents, like the employment-related day care program. There’s also an interactive map that allows people to find out about child care and education in their area. Click here for more information.