Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016

What is the cost of Child Care in your state?

Percent of Income • Cost of Child Care • Infant Cost in Center vs. Public College Tuition

The cost of child care varies widely across states, and the cost of living in each state also affects the affordability of child care for families. Child Care Aware® of America’s interactive Cost of Child Care Map allows users to examine the cost and affordability of child care across states. Click Once to see a pop-up with a quick glance at each state’s information. Double click to drill-down and see county-level information(if available)!

One new feature to this map is the addition of county-level data to a selection of states including: Arizona, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. We have also added print-friendly fact sheets with child care cost and affordability data to each state.

More than 11 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the United States. The Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016 Report summarizes the cost of child care across the country, examines the importance of child care as a workforce support and as an early learning program, and explores the effect of high costs on families’ child care options.

This year’s report continues to expose child care as one of the most significant expenses in a family budget, often exceeding the cost of housing, college tuition, transportation, or food. In addition to our review of the average cost of care across the nation, Child Care Aware® of America examined county-level data in four states. We also provide a comprehensive set of solutions and policy recommendations to help address the high cost of child care for families across the country.

Please use the links below to download our social media toolkit for the following states.

To create an infographic for your state, use this customizable tool:

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Click the video below to view an archive of the webinar which takes an in-depth look at the
2016 Cost of Child Care report.

If you are looking for Cost of Care reports from previous years, please visit our archived Parents and the High Cost of Care reports page.

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