Why child care in Massachusetts costs so much – WBUR

Colin Jones, a research analyst for the Mass. Budget and Policy Center, said class sizes need to remain small — around the levels set by the state — for child care to fulfill its potential to be a lasting, positive intervention in children’s lives.

“The evidence says quality [child care] takes paid teachers — like teachers with pay and benefits — common playing time, good ratios, all those things,” he said. In a report last spring, Jones concluded that would cost at least $28,000 per child per year in Massachusetts, where the cost of living tends to be high.

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