In New Jersey, most parents of small children work. In 2013, there were 642,853 children five years or younger in the state. Of them, 415,143 — or 66 percent — had any parent living with them working, according to Kids Count, a report put out by Advocates for Children in NJ.
Some 146,076 children in New Jersey five years or younger had only a single parent.
The average cost of daycare is pretty stiff. For infants (one year or younger), the average cost in 2013 was $11,534. For preschoolers it was $9,546. Those costs represented a 4 percent to 5 percent increase in just one year, from 2012.