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Report shows Tennessee infant care costs more than in-state college tuition

In 2019, Child Care Aware reported the average public four-year university tuition cost $9,950.
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 9:46 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - According to statistics from Child Care Aware, infant care in 32 states, including Tennessee, costs more than in-state college tuition.

Tennessee’s average cost for infant care totaled $10,780 per year, according to Child Care Aware.

“It is often higher than the cost of housing, college tuition, transportation or food. Families all across the country know that it can be hard to find quality child care that is affordable,” the organization’s website stated.

In Tennessee, infant care from a child care center is expected to consume 45 percent of a single parent’s income and 13 percent of married parents’ income.

Family care of an infant is expected to consume 32 percent of a single parent’s income and nine percent of married parents’ income, according to the report.

In 2019, Child Care Aware reported the average public four-year university tuition cost $9,950.

The average nationwide cost for child care totaled $10,147 per year, according to Child Care Aware and CBS.

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