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Understanding the true cost of child care for infants and toddlers

from Center for American Progress

Tumwater, Washington, a small suburb of Olympia in the shadow of Mount Rainer, is home to Janna and Andrew Ryan and their 3-year-old son, Elliott. Janna and Andrew both commute into Olympia each day for their jobs working for the state government. For years, they have struggled to find quality, affordable child care for their young son. Although Washington state passed a paid leave law in 2017, Elliott was born in 2016, and therefore, Janna and Andrew took mostly unpaid leave to care for him during the first few months of his life. With new expenses piling up on items such as diapers and baby equipment, the Ryans' parenthood started in a financial hole due to their increased expenses and decreased income. more


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