One of the biggest obstacles for low-income and poor families: child care and preschool. It's hard to get a job or go to classes when you have a 2-year-old on your hip.

Childcare costs almost equal to cost of college

Nov 30, 2012
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For the many parents socking money away for college this might be some bad news: sending your newborn child to daycare will cost roughly the same as sending your 18 year-old to college.

So says a report by Child Care Aware of America, a program that links parents to childcare providers across the nation.

Here are some key findings from the report: