Sen. Murphy: Childcare 'Unobtainable' in Certain Areas Without Public Support

March 25, 2014 - 1:34 PM

DeLauro, Murphy

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., top right, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., left, Sen-elect Chris Murphy, center, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says the cost of childcare is so great that in parts of Connecticut, the fourth wealthiest state in the nation, “it is simply unobtainable for families without significant discount or public support.”

Murphy joined with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) at a community center in Middletown Conn. March 19, to discuss women’s work force issues with state executives.

Sen. Chris Murphy said his office did a survey on the costs of child care in Connecticut, “In parts of the state it is simply unobtainable for families without significant discount or public support.”

DeLauro expressed a need to help women with the cost of child care.

“Women still have the primary responsibility for taking care of a family and we have a country that doesn’t deal with the kinds of services that people need to have and that includes the childcare that Chris was talking about,” DeLauro said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of Connecticut has the fourth highest median income in the nation of $67,276.  The survey prepared by Sen. Murphy’s office claims the annual average cost of full-time daycare in the state is $11,462.