Study Shows Minnesota Among Most Expensive States For Childcare

Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

A new study shows that Minnesota ranks among the least affordable states in the nation for child care. Apparently those high prices coupled with the recession have resulted in more parents receiving state subsidies for the service.

The study by the National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies found that Minnesota ranks as the fifth least affordable state for prekindergarten child care, after New York, Montana, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that’s after the annual cost of infant care in the state dropped 5 percent to $12,900 and the cost for a preschooler fell 4 percent to $9,900.

The study included only the state’s 1,500 center-based providers and didn’t include the more than 11,000 in-house care providers, which are often less expensive.

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