Oregon: No. 3 for Percentage of Income Spent on Child Care

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, August 20 2012 at 6:15 PM, Updated: Mon, August 20 2012 at 6:31 PM

Alana Bronze, 2-year-old Diego's mom, says it's not an easy time for parents.

"It's difficult, it's a little challenging," said Bronze.

Not good, when the bad economy continues to linger. Now a new study says Oregon has the third highest percentage of income spent on child care. Two-parent households in our state are spending more than 15-percent of the money they make. If there's one income it's even more difficult.

In all 50 states, when two children are put into daycare, the costs exceeded rent payments.

"It's a real dilemma," began Patty Carty, who works at the Child Care Resource Network in Medford.

"Child care is a burden for families," she said.

Carty said in Jackson County, costs are high.

"The cost of full time childcare for a toddler in Jackson County in a center-based program is approximately the same as college tuition," said Carty.

Add to that, the price of food at the grocery store is up. The UN index of cereal prices finding the price of cereal jumped 17% in the last month.

"You can't just splurge, you've got to be more frugal," said Bronze.

Don't forget high gas prices. In our area they're averaging more than four dollars a gallon for regular.

Adding insult to injury unemployment is still an issue.

"It's kinda difficult to find work at the moment," added Bronze.

Some parents said with child care so costly it's hard to find a job that pays enough to manage it.

Another recent report out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will cost parents $8000 more to raise a child born in 2011 to the age of 17.

The Child Care Resource Network in Medford helps parents in search of affordable child care find providers. Visit their website at www.ccrnso.org or call them at 541-776-1234.

For the Klamath Falls location, call 541-882-2308.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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