Recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that the average cost of raising a child has increased $31,000 since 1960, while daycare and nursery rates have grown 175% since 1990.
That’s right…this is not your grandparents’—nor your parents’—cost of care.
Putting these numbers further into perspective, the study—which accounted for inflation rates and income growth over time—identified that child care expenses grew by 16% over the course of six decades, far outpacing the rate of growth for housing* and transportation, during the same period of time (5% and 9%, respectively).
Test Your Dependent Care FSA IQ!
Employers, that sounds great, right? Okay, let’s make it sound even better and let the numbers do the talking—in the form of a quick quiz:
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Okay, we agree—those were some pretty challenging questions. Let’s step back from the broader dependent care benefits and mix in some of the basics to help your score: