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Child Care Costs in America. Average Four Year old in child care $3,794 - $10,920 per year Average Infant in child care $4,388 - $14,647 per year. Monthly Child Care Prices Vs. Household Expenses.

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Average Four Year old in child care

$3,794 - $10,920 per year

Average Infant in child care

$4,388 - $14,647 per year

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Monthly Child Care Prices Vs. Household Expenses

West Region Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

(American Community Survey 2006, U.S. Census Bureau)

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Single Parent!??!

American Community Survey 2006, U.S. Census Bureau.

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What can be done?

  • Reframing- seeing the problem from a variety of perspectives and determining various possible outcomes.
  • Consider Systems Thinking. “Everyday management thinking too often looks for straightforward cause-and-effect relationships in problem solving that ignore the effect on, and feedback from, the entire system” (Zemke, 2001, p.40). Who are these price increases most directly effecting?
  • “Leverage Points”- Small change can produce big results (Zemke, 2001, p.44).
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National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. (2007). Parents and the high price of child care. Arlington, VA: NACCRRA.

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Zemke, R. (2001). Systems thinking: Looking at how systems really work can be enlightening- or a wake-up call.

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