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Child care is more expensive than college in a majority of states

The cost of child care went up again last year, making it the single largest expense for families in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Add another child into the mix and the costs are even more striking: enrolling two children in center-based care exceeded what an average household spent on rent in 2012 in all 50 states.

The report from Childcare Aware of America also revealed that in 35 states, enrolling an infant in center-based care is more expensive than a year of in-state tuition at a four-year public college.

And these costs are rising at a time when families can least afford them.

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