Cost of Care

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report

“The best evidence supports the policy prescription: Invest in the very young.”
-Dr. James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics and professor of economics at the University of Chicago
Cost of Care 2013 Report
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware® of America's top goals. Although child care is a necessity to enable parents to work, the high price of child care in every community strains household budgets and forces parents to make compromises about the quality and safety of care they choose for their children.

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report provides information about the cost of child care from a recent survey of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Network offices and local agencies. Child care costs were reported for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age care in centers and family child care homes. The report also compares the cost of child care to household income, expenses and college tuition.

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Average Cost of Care for an Infant in a Center

2013 Full Report