Cost Of Childcare Burdens Many Families In NJ

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moneyby Colleen O’Dea / NJ Spotlight

A typical New Jersey couple with two young children spends about a quarter of their income on child care — and they have no easy way of determining the quality of that care, according to a report from a New Jersey child-advocacy group seeking several systemic reforms.

New Jersey is one of only a few states that does not post child-care center inspection reports online, does not require everyone caring for children in their own homes to register with the state, and does not conduct criminal background checks on home-based providers who do register with the state, according to Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

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