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Working Families Are Spending Big Money on Child Care

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Rasheed Malik
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Center for American Progress
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American families are struggling with the costs of childcare—a key element in the ever-rising expenses associated with middle-class opportunity. Quality, affordable childcare allows parents who want to work to stay in the labor force, encourages the healthy development of young children, and supports families at a stage in their lives during which small investments return large social dividends. To understand better the cost burden on families and the types of arrangements that parents make to manage financially, this issue brief examines recent data on childcare payments and patterns that provide insight into the types of childcare that families use. This issue brief reports findings from a new analysis of child care spending data from the most recent wave of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), released in May 2019 

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