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Child-care costs busting N.J. family budgets

April 11, 2003
Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Peggy O'Crowley
The Star-Ledger

Fees can chew up 50% of income, and experts see no relief in sight

Child care in New Jersey can be more expensive than housing, and infant care can cost more than a minimum-wage job pays, according to a new survey of child-care costs in the state. The study, “Child Care Wage & Benefit Survey and Child Care Market Rates,” released yesterday, also found that child-care workers in New Jersey earned $16,900, below the federal poverty level for a family of four.