Gillibrand Announces Push For Affordable Child Care Will Continue
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she will continue to push to make child care more affordable and accessible for working parents.
According to a 2012 report by Child Care Aware, a two-parent family in New York spent an average of 16.5% of their annual income on care for their infant. For a single mother in New York, the cost of care was greater than 57% of her income. The report claims that New York was ranked the second least-affordable in the nation for full-time day care for an infant.
In Central New York in 2012, there were over 56,000 families with children under six years old. For a year of care in a day care center, families spend an estimate of up to $10,244 for an infant, up to $9,692 for a toddler, up to $9,133 for a toddler 3-5 years, and up to $8,580 for a child age 6-12.
Gillibrand is championing legislation to address this as part of her American Opportunity Agenda.