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New Study Shows Child Care In Indiana Costs A Lot

A new national study just released by Child Care Aware of America shows that child care costs have dropped in Indiana, which goes against the national trend.

Even with that, the report, titled "Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report" reveals that Indiana is among the top 10 least affordable states when it comes to school-age children in child care.

Indiana ranked 35th least affordable for infants in a child care center and 32nd least affordable for 4-year-olds in child care.

The average annual child care center cost in Indiana for 2012 is $8,073 for an infant, $6,448 for a 4-year-old and $5,759 for a school-age child.

The last report, which contained 2011 figures, showed $9,880 for an infant, $7,975 for a 4-year-old and $5,167 for a school-age child.

The report also found child care fees for two children -- an infant and a 4-year-old -- in a child care center exceeded annual median rent payments in every state and were higher than the average amount that families spent on food.