Md. ranked in top 10 for child careMaryland is one of the...

Maryland Watch

June 14, 1996

Md. ranked in top 10 for child care

Maryland is one of the nation's top 10 states for child care, according to Working Mother magazine. This marks the fourth straight year Maryland has made Working Mother's 10 best.

In its June issue, Working Mother listed, but did not rank, the top states. In addition to Maryland, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin made the cut.

The magazine rated the states on quality, safety, commitment and availability of care. Maryland scored four out of five in each category.

"Historically, the governors and the General Assembly in this state have had a deep commitment to high-quality child care," said Sandra J. Skolnik, executive director of the Maryland Committee for Children. In 1996, the state gave $65.2 million to programs that subsidize child care, she said.

The average weekly cost of full-time care in a Maryland center for children between ages 2 and 5 is $90.83, Skolnik said.

According to the 1990 census, 61 percent of children under 12 in Maryland had mothers in the work force. The state has 1,958 child-care centers as well as 12,399 other day-care providers.

Pub Date: 6/14/96

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