Infants enrolled at Wee Pals

The cost of child care is the highest for the youngest children and goes up if they are enrolled at a center-based provider such as Wee Pals in Owatonna. It costs parents $11,500 a year to send their infant to the center at West Hills, but statewide the average was $13,836 per infant in the years 2012 and 2013. (Kim Hyatt/People’s Press)

OWATONNA — Early child care has low pay for providers and a costly price tag for parents, especially in Minnesota where child care is the third least affordable in the nation.

Reach reporter Kim Hyatt at 507-444-2376. Follow her on Twitter @OPPKimHyatt

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