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Indiana Parents Paying High Costs For Child Care

A new study reports that Indiana ranks the 9th least affordable state for before and after school care.

Students enjoy snack time at daycare.

Photo: Kristen Jennings (Flickr)

Some say child care costs cannot be cut without impacting the quality of care but many parents are struggling to afford it.

A recent report released by Child Care Aware of America shows before- and after-school care in Indiana is some of the least affordable in the nation, costing parents in the state an average of $5,700 per year.

Child care costs for younger children are even higher.

This week on Noon Edition, we’ll talk with parents and child care providers to see why the costs are so high and discuss how the price you pay may affect the quality of care your child receives.

You can join us for a live chat at WFIU.ORG/NoonEdition, follow us on Twitter at Noon Edition or call into the program at 812-855-0811, or toll-free at 1-877-285-WFIU (9348).

Noon Edition airs Friday at 12 p.m.

Guests

Julie Rust, Parents and Members of Knee High Child Care Cooperative

Jen Smallwood, Director, Center for Children and Families, Monroe County YMCA

Patty Ryan, Interim Executive Director, Indiana Association for Child Care Resource & Referral

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