Child care costs rise, some families look for alternatives

Melissa Pick brings her daughter Lilly to work

According to a new U.S. Census bureau report, the cost of child care has nearly doubled since the 1980s.

It also suggests more families are willing to find alternatives, like turning to their families to babysit or looking for other programs.

Melissa Pick has been taking her daughter Lilly to work with her since she was five days old. She said day care is just too expensive.

"You're looking at $120 a week for these places full time. I mean, that's a lot of money," Pick explained.

According to the U.S. Census report, the proportion of families who reported using paid child care dropped from 42% to 32% between 1985 and 2011, while the cost of care nearly doubled in that time.

Dale Helms, the owner of Carolina Forest Child Development and Learning Center said there are reasons for the cost increase.

"The costs of good and services. The food's getting more expensive. I feel like parents are looking for quality care. We're going to have to pay our staff. In order to get that quality care you have to pay people," Helms said.

Helms added that the benefits of daycare outweigh the costs, like a chance for early social interaction.

"I think a child that is not with peers, I think that they're missing out," he explained.

That's something Pick can agree with.

"If it was cheaper I would probably have them in earlier to get that early social skills," she said.

Despite the report, Helms said his facility has seen almost double the enrollment in the past year.