Child Care Cost Concerns

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 04/14 2014 05:20PM

Updated 04/14 2014 06:32PM

ALTOONA - Pennsylvania is pretty close to the national average when it comes to child care costs, but for some that number is still too high and one local family decided keeping two separate jobs wasn't worth it.
Adam and Angela Hughes spent their Monday at the park with their two year old daughter Arin.
For Angela, this trip is now able to happen more often.
“I actually just quit at the end of last month and it's been wonderful. I've been able to spend some time with my daughter and not have to worry about anything,” Angela Hughes says.
For the last two years Arin has gone to daycare, while both of them worked, now with another child on the way, those costs have gotten too high.
“The more we looked into the more...more or less one of us would have been working for free just to put them in daycare,” Adam Hughes says.
A new study by the group Child Care Aware shows on average Pennsylvania parents pay more than $10,000 a year for child care for an infant.
That number goes up to more than $18,000 for families with two kids.
“A lot of the food has gone up in price. I've watched them go up drastically the last few years,” Barbara Bordell says.
Bordell from Heaven Sent child care in Altoona isn't surprised to see some families choosing to keep one parent at home.
“We do have state funded programs to help contribute for parents, but if they don't qualify it is an outrageous expense for parents,” Bordell says.
And Angela says that change is just fine with her, and any extra time with her kids is priceless.
“It's more than a blessing in disguise. I wouldn't change a thing. I love spending every minute I have with my daughter,” Angela says.
According to that study Pennsylvania ranks 18th in the country in child care costs.

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