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Biden’s State of the Union Didn’t Capture the Expensive Reality of Child Care

Much higher bills face those in larger cities and families that have to seek care for infants.

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Biden: State of the Union Is Strong

President Joe Biden took time out of his State of the Union address to address the surging cost of child care. But while he acknowledged the increasing burden, the numbers he cited failed to fully capture just how expensive things have gotten for some American families. 

“Middle-class and working families shouldn’t have to pay more than 7% of their income for care of young children,” Biden said during the speech on Tuesday, adding that “many families” have to shell out as much as $14,000 annually per child. But those in larger cities and families seeking in-home care or care for infants often expect to see much higher bills.