The heavy burden of unaffordable childcare costs

Just how burdensome are childcare costs across the country? According to a new study from Child Care Aware of America, center-based infant childcare costs vary widely from state-to-state for both married and single parents (CityLab, 12/16):

The average cost of daycare for an infant would cost a median-income, single mom in D.C. 83 percent of her salary, while in South Dakota it would cost her less than 25 percent of her annual salary, the study found.


So what exactly is behind the difference in costliness? There are lots of variables: Wages and cost of living are of course part of the equation. […] But the reasons behind the discrepancies offer little consolation to low-income families who have a difficult time scraping together funds for childcare, or who wind up leaving their children in less-than-optimal arrangements in order to go to work.

– DC Vote, DC Working Families, National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the Urban Institute have teamed up to embark on a civic engagement effort known as Talking Transition DC. The effort seeks to gather thousands of Washingtonians’ opinions through an online survey on the future of the city as a new mayoral administration prepares to take office.

– Ahead of his January 2nd exit from office, Mayor Vincent Gray delivered his farewell speech, proclaiming the District as “stronger today than in any moment in our history.” You can read Gray’s farewell address in its entirety here. (WAMU, 12/17)

COMMUNITYWashington Area Women’s Foundation has announced grants totaling $630,000 to 20 nonprofits whose programs focus on improving the economic security of low-income women and girls in the region. The grants will impact the lives of more than 3,500 women and girls, helping women to increase their collective incomes and assets by nearly $3 million in 2015. (WAWF, 12/18)

HEALTH | Booz Allen Hamilton teamed up with Ipsos Public Affairs to launch a first-of-its kind longitudinal study comparing consumer and provider perspectives on health care in the U.S. The full study can be found here. (Booz Allen, 12/17)

ARTS | After four years in operation, officials are contemplating a recommendation to close Arlington County’s Artisphere arts center. The struggling center could possibly see its doors closed by mid 2015. (WBJ, 12/17)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Affordable housing developer pitches market-rate in Alexandria (WBJ, 12/17)

The next time you find yourself in a silent war for the armrest on a flight, wave the white flag by folding this thing up. Problem solved.

– Ciara