WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Childcare in Cook County costs more than public university tuition, and it’s rising rapidly. That’s based on research out today from Illinois Action for Children.
For a two-year-old in Chicago, the cost of childcare has jumped 40 percent since 2000. To put an infant in a daycare center, a typical family can expect to pay nearly a fourth of its income – almost the same as the average rent. Illinois Action for Children spokesman Peter Gray says that puts childcare out of reach for many.
GRAY: For a productive workforce, we have to have solid childcare options. And if we’re pushing the limits of what they can afford for childcare, it’s a disincentive for parents to have careers.
Before-and-after-school care has gone up especially sharply – more then 50 percent in the city.
GRAY: If you look at juvenile delinquency and crime in Chicago, that’s a problem.
We want people to have good options for their kids after school. Illinois Action for Children is pushing the state to beef up its assistance program and make more families eligible.