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Soaring Childcare Costs In New Hampshire: Causes, Consequences, and Possible Solutions

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A recent study finds New Hampshire families pay some of the highest rates in the nation for childcare. We explore the economics of the issue, including the financial challenges facing childcare centers and the impact on the state's workforce. We also look at solutions being explored by lawmakers in Concord and on Capitol Hill.


  • Christiane Casserly, executive director, Rochester Child Care Center, which serves more than 30o families, including babies starting at six months old.
  • Jackie Cowell, executive director of Early Learning NH, a nonprofit that advocates for child care programs and the families they serve.
  • Matt Mowry, editor of Business New Hampshire Magazine. He's written extensively about the impact of child care on the state's businesses and the economy.


  • Sen. Andrew Hosmer, D-Laconia, lead sponsor of a bill that would have set up a new state property tax refund to help offset the costs of childcare expenses.
  • Elise Gould, senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, co-author of a 50-state study on child care costs, which puts NH at the 12th most expensive.
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