It’s no secret that the cost of child care is expensive. Well, now it’s doubly official, thanks to the Child Care Aware report that says it’s actually unaffordable in 49 of the 50 U.S. states. That’s crazy. Childcare shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be something accessible to all. Because if it’s not, it implies only a economic certain class of people can–or should–have children.
According to the Child Care Aware report, for instance, parents residing in Colorado and New York spend more than $14,000 a year on infant care. In California, Hawaii, and Illinois, parents spend over $13,000 a year, while in Massachusetts, parents pay more than $17,000 annually in childcare costs for their infants. Apparently, infant care is more than 7% of a family’s income in 49 states, which is the cutoff for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ percentage for affordability, according to Fortune.