There are approximately 550,000 children
under the age of five in New York City.
Some people stay home with their children or turn to relatives
or neighbors for child care. A few workplaces provide day care for their employees, but many New Yorkers turn to private centers,
which can be a costly option.
The average cost of day care for a four-year-old in New York
State is $9,000 a year, which, as the Children's Defense Fund (1) points out, is more than college tuition at a public university.
Most New Yorkers have to find less expensive options.
For those who qualify, the city currently provides some kind
of day care funding or program for about 1 in 5 of the city's children. The city contracts with 344 private, non-profit centers
around the city. Most centers typically open their doors as early as 7:30 a.m. and can close as late as 7:00 p.m. The city
also provides funding to regulated family care providers, licensed individuals who take care of children in their homes.
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