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Idaho's child care dilemma: Too expensive, worker pay low

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 13:56:09-04

Numbers from the Economic Policy Institute show that the average Idaho family spends about $7,200 a year for infant child care and $6,900 a year for preschool-aged children. The Idaho Statesman reports that's more than a year's tuition at a public college.

Katy Lightfield told the Boise newspaper that she and her husband expected the $30,000 pay cut they took when they moved from Texas to Idaho. But they were surprised to find that child care costs are the same between the two states.

A public preschool program would defray child care costs for most families, but so far Idaho lawmakers have rejected such proposals.

State Rep. Hy Kloc, a Boise Democrat, says he'll continue to push for a state-funded preschool program.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com