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- The general point is right: child care cost is high and unaffordable for many families.
- But the claim oversimplifies a complex comparison. The percentage comparing child care cost and income is an equivalency, rather than an average as Godlewski frames it. And the cost discussed here is per child, not per family.
- That figure is only accurate when referring to the group of families that have exactly one child under 6 in child care, with that child attending full-time in a center-based setting. And that’s not a typical child care situation.
Sarah Godlewski, twitter, Feb. 6, 2021
Lending Tree, Indiana Households With Kids Younger Than 5 Pay 20% of Their Income to Child Care — Most in the Nation, updated Jan. 13, 2021
Child Care Aware of America, Wisconsin fact sheet, accessed Feb. 23, 2021
Center for American Progress, Working Families Are Spending Big Money on Child Care, June 20, 2019
Brandeis, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, The Challenges of Paying for Child Care, April 2, 2019
The Washington Post, Advice from two experts on how Biden and Harris can tackle America’s child-care crisis, Jan. 24, 2021
National Center for Education Statistics, The Costs of Child Care: Results From the 2016
National Center for Education Statistics, Early Childhood Program Participation, Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 (Table 1), January 2019
Email exchange with Sarah Grady, study director of the National Household Education Survey, a federal program administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, Feb. 10-23, 2021
Email exchange with Eva Michalak, spokeswoman for Supporting Families Together Association, Feb. 9-23, 2021
Email exchange and phone interview with Scott Spector, spokesman for Sarah Godlewski, Feb. 9-10, 2021
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