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In Hawaii, infant care is pricier than college

Published: Aug. 13, 2019 at 12:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The average cost for infant care in Hawaii is more than $1,100 a month ― or nearly $14,000 a year ― according to a recent report from the Economic Policy Institute.

That’s the 12th highest average in the nation, and more than resident undergraduate tuition at UH (which will set you back $11,304 at UH-Manoa for the upcoming school year).

And it doesn’t get much better for toddlers.

The report said child care for a 4-year-old averages about $9,000 a year or $745 a month. If you have an infant and a toddler, the bill for child care would top $22,000 a year.

The report notes that with the state’s median family income at $85,000 a year, the average family would have to spend more than 26% of its income to keep a toddler and infant in child care at the same time.

A minimum wage worker, meanwhile, would need to work full time for 34 weeks just to pay for child care for one infant.

To see the full report, click here.

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