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Child care in Oregon least affordable in nation

 Posted: 7:40 AM November 07, 2013

A national study released Tuesday says Oregon has the least affordable child care in the country.

A report from Child Care Aware of America finds that Oregon parents pay an average of $10,000 a year to care for four-year-olds. It's $13,000 for infant care.

Those figures rival higher-income states like New York, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.

The combination of high costs and relatively low incomes in Oregon means child care here is less affordable than in any other state.

Oregon couples pay an average of 14 percent of their income to pay for child care for a pre-schooler. For infants, the average climbs to more than 18.5 percent.

Oregon created an Early Learning Council two years ago to consolidate supervision of programs for young children.

Expanding the availability of affordable child care is one of the council's goals.

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