Minnesota ranks third nationally in child care costs reported in the annual Parents and the High Cost of Child Care update from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The report comes on the heels of the annual Cost of Raising a Child report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which notes that child care and pre-K to grade 12 education costs have risen to 17% of the total $222,360 cost of raising a child to age 17 (this number does not include college tuition).
There is an interesting discussion about the NACCRRA report on MPR’s Public Insight network and NACCRRA is conducting a Letter to the Editor campaign to publicize the issue of affordable child care. We encourage you to join in both these public conversations to highlight how quality child care supports economic vitality in our communities and provides opportunities for children and parents to thrive.
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