Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017

What is the cost of child care in your state?

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. Within this map is a range in child care affordability for families with an infant in center-based child care. Affordability percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

New to this year’s map is county-level data for seven states: Arizona, Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. We have also added print-friendly fact sheets with child care cost and affordability data to each state.

Click once (1x) on the state to see a pop-up with a quick glance its information. Double click to zoom in on and explore county-level information (if available)! For the best viewing experience please visit this page using a desktop browser.

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: 2017 report examines the unaffordability of child care for families across the country. We provide a brief review of child care as a sound return on investment and discuss our policy recommendations for supporting families and child care providers. This year’s report also exposes child care as one of the most significant expenses in a family budget, exceeding the annual cost of transportation and food combined in every region in the United States. Read our blog post providing deeper insight into the problem.

Please use the links below to download county-level infographics

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
2017 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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