An Oregon family with both parents working full time at minimum wage earns only $34,736 per year. Half of child care slots for infants cost $11,280 or more per year and for preschoolers that number is $8,469. Between 2004 and 2012 child care prices rose 13% while household incomes declined 9%. Affording child care challenges all families and is especially difficult for low-income families or those with infants or children with special needs. The Office of Child Care provides funding to DHS for the Child Care Subsidy Program
to benefit low income working families. The Office of Child Care also provides funding to over 200 community-based organizations that serve high needs families, including:
- Teen parents participating in approved high school or GED completion programs.
- Parents participating in state-approved substance abuse programs.
- Migrant and seasonal farm workers.
- Parents who have children with special needs.