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Today Child Care Aware® of America released its 2015 child care state fact sheets. The state fact sheet looks closely at the cost, use, and supply of child care in Alaska, as well as the child care workforce and family characteristics related to the need of child care.

Not surprisingly, Alaskans are spending more than ever on child care. The state fact sheet reveals the average annual cost of an infant in a child care center has risen this year to nearly $11,000 – much higher than the average tuition for a public four-year college in Alaska.

High cost is only one barrier for families who need access to child care in order to go to work. The availability of child care presents another obstacle. The state fact sheet shows there are more than 39,000 children under age 6 in Alaska that potentially need child care. Yet in Juneau, the number of available child care slots has halved since the early 2000s.

thread uses this and the other data highlighted in the fact sheet to advocate for increased access to affordable, quality child care in Alaska. Quality child care benefits everyone through positive outcomes for children and allowing parents to enter and remain in the workforce. 

Visit http://usa.childcareaware.org/advocacy/reports-research/statefactsheets/  to view the latest child care fact sheet for Alaska. And visit KTVA.com to watch thread CEO Stephanie Berglund's interview on the rising costs of child care.

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