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Oregon Child Care Prices Increase

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.

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  1. chrissy says:

    Now there will be many more families than there already are choosing to stay on state assistance. Realistically, how can a family afford over half of their monthly income to pay for child care, worry about how to pay rent, not qualify for food stamps, and medical OHP by working and being self sufficient. I completely understand that for some choosing state assistance may be the way to go. TANF, food stamps, stable low income housing, medical insurance, and getting to stay home to raise your children. Which would you choose??

  2. Struggling parent says:

    Daycare should cost $1k a month. Daycares are required to have at most 4 infants per teacher and at most 6 toddlers per teacher. Most daycares are open about 10 hours a days, so that’s 50 hours a week, 2600 hours a year. In an infant room, $12,000 per infant per year for four infants is $18.46 an hour. Benefits are generally 50% of income, so a person taking care of infants would take home at most $12 an hour. To run a daycare, one needs someone to manage staff & facilities, interview/recruit families, provide meals… With management, there is probably less than $10 an hour available for staff salary. One could make more at Walmart. Margins are probably so tight that daycares can’t afford to have vacancies, so supply must remain small in order for there to be high enough demand to keep available daycares full. It would be great if the state would assist parents in paying the needed $1k/month. Parents should at least be allowed to deduct all daycare tuition.

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