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Families struggle to meet rising childcare costs

12:49 PM, Apr. 24, 2013
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For Combined Locks mother Melanie Bloy Lee, finding a childcare provider comes at a price. A hefty price.

"Our two children (ages 8 months and 4 years) attend three days a week, and we are expecting to spend almost $16,000 this year, or an average of $1,300 a month," Bloy Lee said. "That's equivalent to what some people may pay for a mortgage payment every month. However, the amount we can set aside pretax for childcare is only $4,800."

The Lees are far from alone in facing imposing childcare costs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Earlier this month, the bureau released a report, "Who's ...

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