In Nevada, over 63% of children ages 0-5 live in families where all available parents are in the workforce. These working parents face the challenge of finding quality child care they can afford. Currently, the average annual cost of child care in licensed centers in Nevada ranges from $10,324 for an infant to $8,791 for preschoolers (age 3-5). These high costs cause a significant financial burden to working families, especially those in poverty. Today, a family with an infant and preschooler making $4,041.67 a month (200% of poverty) would have to spend 39% of their income on center-based care for their children. In Nevada, child care subsidies are provided to families to help offset this high cost, but sadly this program serves only 2.32% of children living below 200% of poverty compared to the national average of 6.3%. Additional investments are needed to support these families.
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