The cost of raising a child in its first year is about $12,000. The bulk of that expense is child care, a price steep enough to make some couples postpone starting or growing a family until it becomes more affordable.
In Georgia, the average cost of child care for a 4-year-old is $5,700, according to the National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies. The national average is $6,700. For newborn babies, the cost is even greater.
Would the cost of childcare make you wait to add to or start your family?
More important, how much are you willing to pay for childcare?