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Affordable Childcare: Is There a Crisis?

Davis, Elizabeth E. and NaiChia Li.

The high cost of childcare relative to family incomes is a concern to many families, communities, and policy makers. Recognizing the challenge to families of paying for childcare, Minnesota has a number of policies to help parents pay these costs. During the 2003 legislative session, however, cutbacks in the childcare assistance programs resulted in tightened eligibility requirements and dramatically increased co-pays. Fewer families now qualify for childcare assistance and the amount of assistance received has shrunk. The authors undertook a study of childcare affordability in Minnesota, attempting to shed some light on the debate by considering alternative definitions of affordability and ways of measuring the size of the problem. Using two measures of affordability, the authors conclude that childcare expenses are a problem for many Minnesota families with young children. Middle-class families with two or more young children face unaffordable rates for care in most counties in Minnesota. For families with below-median income, virtually no childcare rates meet the affordability threshold.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by a grant from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program.
34 (3): 1-7.
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Reporter 34 (3)