ERIC Number: ED426785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The High Cost of Child Care Puts Quality Care Out of Reach for Many Families. Issue Brief.
Schulman, Karen; Adams, Gina
This issue brief presents data on the cost of child care, collected from local child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) through a joint survey by the Children's Defense Fund and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The report's key findings on the high cost of child care are: (1) child care for a 4-year-old in a child care center averages $4,000 to $6,000 a year in cities and states around the country. Some centers charge $10,000 or more a year. Families with younger children or more than one child in care face even greater costs; (2) the average annual cost of child care for a 4-year-old in an urban area center is more than the average annual cost of public college tuition in almost every state. In some cities child care costs twice as much as college tuition; (3) the high cost of child care is evident in center, family, urban, and rural child care and in care for children of all ages; (4) low-income families are left with the fewest choices, often unable to afford even average-priced care and therefore forced to put children in lower-cost, often lower-quality care; and (5) the dilemma of high-cost child care cannot be resolved by asking child care providers to lower their prices. Most programs already operate on a very tight budget, paying staff an average of $12,000 a year. (EV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.