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Report: Child Care Costs Higher Than Ever

Are you paying more for child care in Wheaton or Glen Ellyn than you have in the past?

The cost of child care has risen dramatically over the last 25 years according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

According to the report, child care costs have nearly doubled since 1986. The average weekly child care payment for a family with children under the age of 15 and a mother who works full-time is $148. Those numbers rise to $179 per week for those with children under the age of 5.

Most families choose to have a relative care for their child, with about 42 percent of kids under the care of a grandparent or other relative. More than 32 percent of families opt for an organized care facility like day care or preschool, the Census Bureau reports.

Have something to say about local daycare centers? Share your reviews through the Patch Directory:

  • KinderCare Learning Centers
  • East Carol Stream KinderCare
  • Wheaton KinderCare
  • Winfield KinderCare
  • College of DuPage Early Childhood Education Center
  • Rainbow Place Christian Preschool
  • First Church of Glen Ellyn PDO
  • Childtime
  • Little Kids On The Block
  • Greentree Preschool
  • DuPage Montessori School
  • Pilgrim Preschool
  • The Ark Preschool
  • Westminster Preschool at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
  • Diamante Montessori School
  • Pilgrim Preschool
  • Toddlers Campus Pre-School
  • Sunshine Pre-School
  • St John Lutheran Church & Pre-School
  • Jefferson Preschool Center
  • Chesterbrook Academy
  • Wheaton Montessori School

(Did we forget any? Remind us in the comments!)

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