Day care costs forcing more moms to stay home

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Close to 30% of American mothers did not work outside the home last year; that’s up about six percent since 2000. While some women couldn’t find jobs, and others were unsure about the impact of working moms on young kids, for most families it came down to money.

According to a 2012 report by Child Care Aware of America, Massachusetts led the nation when it came to daycare costs. It was just under $15,000 for a full time care for an infant, and between $11- and 12,000 for a 4-year-old.

Kira Thompson came up with a best of both worlds solution- she opened her own day care. Now she gets to spend time with her two children, and also provide for her family.

“If you have a couple kids you could definitely be spending a lot of money. I have two; I would have been spending at least 3-500 dollars a week on day care,” Thompson said.

While home day cares like Bright Young Minds tend to be cheaper than centers, they’re still a financial strain on a lot of families. Melissa McIntire tried day care for a while after she had her children, but she wasn’t seeing her kids or much of a paycheck leftover.

“You’re basically paying someone to watch your kids while you work. It’s pretty much a wash. It wasn’t worth it. I’d rather be with my kids than spend the day in an office somewhere. At the end of the day it cost too much money. It really does,” said McIntire.

The Pew Report estimated the cost of child care has gone up more than 70-percent in the past 25 years.

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