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Two-parent families in New York spend, on average, 16.5 percent of their annual income on child care, according to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office. Single mothers, on average, spend more than 57 percent of their income on child care, the office says.

Parents in the Rochester-Finger Lakes area face estimated full-time day care costs of up to $10,581 annually for infants, $10,244 for toddlers through age 2, and $9,620 for children ages 3 to 5, Gillibrand's office says.

Gillibrand publicized the numbers last week while explaining her support for a few pieces of legislation: one reauthorizes a federal grant program to states for day care subsides, the others address tax credits and deductions for child care. The first was passed by the Senate, and the rest have yet to be introduced.

But the statistics also illustrate why child care subsidies are such a pressing issue. Without the subsidies, many lower-income working parents can't afford day care, children's advocates say.

Advocates, Monroe County officials, and local business leaders are pressing state officials to give the county more funding for day care subsidies.

In the Rochester-Finger Lakes area, the average household earns $65,000 annually, though about half of the population makes less than $50,000 a year.

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