EUGENE, Ore. - Parents are paying more to send their child to daycare than to college.
A recent study from the National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies shows that in 36 states annual child care costs are more expensive than tuition for one year at a public university.
The study shows that child care costs in the State of Oregon are also on the rise.
The average cost for full-time care for an infant is $10,750 a year. Parents of 4-year-olds are paying $8,300 a year.
A difference in Oregon's regulations leads to higher costs for child care services.
In a class of 2 year olds, many states require 1 teacher per 10 students. The state of Oregon requires 1 teacher per 5 students. Because of this difference in teacher/student ratio, day care facilities in Oregon must hire more teachers.
While parents said they would rather pay more for better care, the high costs are still hurting their pocketbooks.
"I think it's sad that it costs so much to have good care for our children," said Cevinah Chotard, a parent from Eugene. "It makes people go to cheaper day cares which may not necessarily be as good for their children."
Chotard is a single, full time working mother who is also attending school. She said this leaves little time to make money for daycare costs.
"It's too bad that it's so expensive because it's a basic need that we all need," Chotard said.