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Apr 18, 2014 6:04 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Annual Day Care Costs Exceed College Tuition for Some Families

CORPUS CHRISTI - A national report has revealed that in many states, the average family spends more a year on day care than they will on college tuition.

The report is from a national organization called Child Care Aware America, and it says that in Texas, the average family spends about $8,500 on day care every year. That's about $140 more than they would spend on college tuition at a public university.

So many parents who both work, like Samantha Barrera and her husband, have to make a decision about child care.

Barrera and her husband made that decision when they had their first child.

"We had decided that if what I make in one week is only enough to cover the daycare, then it's not kind of worth it putting my children in daycare. I am in the fortunate position where I do get to make a little bit more than that," Barrera says.

While it made sense for her family, a P.E.W. report shows nearly 30 percent of moms stay at home now. That's up from 23 percent in 1999.

That may be because for many parents, it doesn't make financial sense to have both of them work while day care costs eat away their savings.

The rising costs could from higher demand. It's no secret that in today's world, both parents often have to work.

Barrera says day care works for her and her family. She says the daycare can help her son prepare for school in ways she wouldn't be able to provide at home.

"He's only 18 months, and he's drawing and he's coming home with flash cards, and learning, and he's got a best friend at 18 months old," she says.


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