Child-care costs just hit a new high

Child-care costs are the rise.

Parents across the country spent $9,000 to $9,600 annually for one child’s day care last year, up roughly 7.5% on the year, according to a national average costs released Monday by Child Care Aware of America. “No matter how you look at the statistics, child care is unaffordable for families across the country,” it said.

The clamp on household budgets is getting tighter, organization data shows. A married couple making the national median income ($87,757) will have to devote 10.6% of their money for child care, up from 10.2% the year before.

‘Parents are in crisis.

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