At $9,900 per year, child care in Minnesota among most costly in U.S.

The Pioneer Press sums up a recent report: A single mom with the median income of $27,000 spends half her income on full-time child care. A two-parent family with median income of $86,000 spends nearly a third.
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The Pioneer Press sums up a recent report: A single mom with the median income of $27,000 spends half her income on full-time child care. A two-parent family with median income of $86,000 spends nearly a third.

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