New York ranks the second least-affordable state in the nation for full-time daycare costs.
New York ranks the second least-affordable state in the nation for full-time daycare costs for infants, according to U.S Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who cited statistics Tuesday from a report by Child Care Aware. Child Care Aware is a national nonprofit that supports affordable, quality child care.
A two-parent family in New York state in 2012 spent an average of 16.5 percent of their annual income on care for their infant, Gillibrand stated in a release. For a single mother in New York, the cost of care was greater than 57 percent of her income.
In the Rochester/ Finger Lakes Region, there were nearly 62,000 families with children under six years old in 2012. For a year of child care in a daycare center, families spend up to $10,851 for an infant and up to $10,244 for a toddler up to two-years old. The cost for an older toddler or child up to age 12 ranged from between $9,013 and $9,620, according to the report.
In citing the statistics, Gillibrand announced proposed legislative called the American Opportunity Agenda that is aimed at “ensuring more working women have a fair shot at earning financial security,” Gillibrand stated. The law addresses a number of workplace policies that Gillibrand stated need updating.
Nationwide, more than 6.7 million children are in child care outside the home each day. Families with young children on average spend about $6,700 a year on child care, nearly as much as what the average family spends on groceries, Gillibrand stated.