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Child care cost puts squeeze on parents

Child care cost puts squeeze on parents

Samantha Lawson, of Mount Airy, had been working in the child-care industry for eight years when, in 2012, she learned was pregnant with twins. It should have been a wholly happy occasion, but Lawson was immediately faced with a quandary: How would she continue to work full time and pay her rent when the cost of child care seemed out of reach? Lawson's work offered her a 10 percent discount for her twins once they turned 2, but she said she would still be paying more than $3,000 a month at that point. Her monthly income was $1,960 before taxes. "It's ridiculous, especially for a single mother making ends meet. I applied to try and receive day-care vouchers and was denied...

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