The pandemic has driven up costs for a lot of things including childcare. And it’s a big problem in the District.
According to the recent survey in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book, on average, day care in the District costs parents $24,396 a year.
That’s far and above Maryland and Virginia where the average cost is $11,090 and $11,579 respectively.
“When you think about childcare, it’s such an important resource in the lives of families with young children,” said Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, director of early childhood at the advocacy group DC Action, which contributed to the survey. “Very few families living in DC can afford to have one parent stay home and care for the child.”