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Cost of child care expensive and rising

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Along with the basic cost of living expenses, families and single parents are now having to dish out more money for child care as costs continue to rise. In fact, they're so high in some parts of the country that they exceed tuition at state colleges. 

According to a new report from the nonprofit, Child Care Aware of America, Illinois is one of the least affordable states for child care.

Director Karen Points of West Central Child Care Connection, said the average cost of child care in Adams County ranges anywhere from $100 to $135 a week per child. 

"This is the important, formative years of your child and you have to pick the best decision for you," said Points. "It's not easy to say that money shouldn't be the determinant, but it shouldn't be. It should be the types of care that they're providing."

Amber Cloninger is a Quincy mom who has a three-year-old and another one on the way. Cloninger said she has to budget in order to afford child care expenses. 

"Nowadays most parents, both parents, are working," said Cloninger. "You should think about that when you're deciding to have children because that's a huge cost factor, outside of diapers and formula."

There is assistance available to low income families in Illinois. You do have to meet certain criteria. For more information click http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30355
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