Parents struggling to juggle work, child care, and family finances aren’t alone. In fact, Washington ranks in the top 10 on the list of states with the least affordable child care for all children ages 5 and younger, and for school-age children during the summer, according to nonprofit organization Child Care Aware of Washington.
“At Child Care Aware of Washington we are working every day across the state to both increase access to child care and to help providers improve the quality of their care,” Elizabeth Swanson, interim executive director at Child Care Aware of Washington, said in a statement. “Clearly more investment is needed at the state and federal levels, and from the business community, all of whom directly benefit from the child care system every day when working parents show up for work on time and ready to be productive.”
Statewide, the average cost of child care for an infant and a preschooler in a center consumes 34 percent of the state median income. Meanwhile, the average cost of care for both children in a licensed family child care home program consumes 27 percent of the median income, according to the organization.
For more data on child care in Washington, visit Child Care Aware of Washington online.