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Why Is Child Care So Expensive? Costs Leave Washington-Area Millennials Hesitant to Have Kids

When it came time for Kristina and Jason Salguero to send their son Austin to daycare, they were shocked to learn that it could cost as much as it would to send him to college.

They enrolled Austin, but decided to put off their plans to have a second child. “It’s like they don’t want us to have children,” Kristina says.

This led her to write to WAMU’s What’s With Washington. “Why is daycare so expensive in the D.C. area, particularly in Montgomery County?” she asked.