Can you track the rising prices for child care here in Hawaii?
HONOLULU (KHON2) — The cost of childcare has continued to rise despite the national minimum range doing the same.
In a new study from the Economic Policy Institute, they broke down the cost of childcare in America state by state.
Here in Hawaii, they estimate the annual cost of infant care to be around $13,000.
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They report that the average family income is about $85,000, which means the cost of care for a median family is about 16% of their annual income.
At the other end, the full-time minimum wage is $21,008 per year. If a single parent had to pay for childcare from their salary, it would cost them 65.4% of their salary.
Hawaii is ranked 12th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for most expensive infant care.
Despite the high cost of daycare services, the median educator only earns $23,910 per year.
They report that childcare is one of the biggest expenses families face. For example, infant care in Hawaii costs 41.4% ($4,022) more per year than in-state tuition for a public four-year college.
They report that Hawaii is one of 33 states and DCs where child care is more expensive than college.
However, the state of Hawaii has programs to help low-income families pay for child care.
According to the Department of Human Services, the Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH) grant program helps low-income families maintain employment, educational endeavors and vocational training by providing a grant to their children in the care of approved facilities. by DHS. child care providers.
The state also offers the Preschool Open Doors (POD) program. This is a separate grant program with limited funds that provides statewide services to families who send their children to an approved preschool during the school year, prior to kindergarten entry.
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For more information on these programs and to find out if you are eligible, click here.