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Tags: Hillary Clinton | Democrats 2016 | Child Care Costs | Election 2016

Clinton Pledge: Limit Child Care Costs to 10 Percent of Family Income

Clinton Pledge: Limit Child Care Costs to 10 Percent of Family Income
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By    |   Tuesday, 10 May 2016 11:02 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton's campaign claims that infant care is more expensive than tuition in a statement given to the Washington Post. Further, Clinton's campaign proffers that sending two children to a quality child-care center per month is higher than the average cost of rent in every state.

Tuesday in Louisville, one week ahead of the Kentucky primary, Clinton intends to announce her plans to combat those costs, proposing an initiative to limit child care costs to 10 percent of a family's income.

"Secretary Clinton is acutely aware that the middle class is extremely stretched when it comes to affording quality childcare," Clinton campaign policy adviser Ann O'Leary told the Post. "While middle class wages have stagnated in the last decade, costs of childcare have gone up by nearly 25 percent."

The cost of child care varies dramatically by region. For example, it tops $16,000 a year in some parts of Massachusetts, while in Illinois it’s around $12,500, and in California, parents pay an average of $11,628 annually, according to Child Care Aware of America, one of the nation's leading voices in child care.

The campaign has not said how it would pay to bridge the costs, but it did say Clinton wants "substantial new investments" in federal subsidies for lower income families, and tax breaks for middle class families in order to reach the 10 percent goal, O'Leary told the Post.

Clinton's targeting of women voters through work-family issues may be another policy reminder of the differences between her and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Clinton has a detailed history of advocacy on behalf of young children while Trump does not. Further, Republicans have not shown spending on early childhood investment to be a priority. 

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