American families spend more on childcare than their counterparts in many other parts of the world. And the cost in Massachusetts is the highest among the 50 states, with infant care costing, on average, over $20,000 a year, according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. The average price for 4-year-olds is only slightly lower, at $15,000 a year. So if workers receive low pay, and parents are hard-pressed to cover tuition, what’s driving high costs? Small class size requirements, lack of government spending, widespread demand and limited supply.

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