Idaho: Child Care Costs > College

Which makes you wonder: how many couples can afford for both parents to work and to pay for child care? Both parents would have to be making a significant salary for it to pay to stick the kids in child care.


Child care in Idaho costs more than a year of in-state tuition at a public college, according to the Economic Policy Institute. For an infant or a 4-year-old child, as much as a third of the average Idaho family’s income is earmarked for child care, according to research by the advocacy group Child Care Aware of America. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), child care is affordable if it costs no more than 10 percent of a family’s income,” the Economic Policy Institute said in a report on child care costs. “By this standard, only 37.5 percent of Idaho families can afford infant care”.

Via Idaho Statesman