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ERIC Number: ED559908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 70
Abstractor: ERIC
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Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report
Wood, Stephen; Kendall, Rosemary
Child Care Aware of America
Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age 5 are in some type of child care arrangement. On average, these children spend 36 hours a week in child care. While parents are children's first and most important teachers, child care programs provide early learning for millions of young children daily, having a profound impact on their development and readiness for school. For many parents, one of the initial shocks in becoming a parent is discovering the high price of child care. "Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report" uses 2012 data to show the average fees families are charged for legally operating child care centers and family child care homes in every state and the District of Columbia. The report looks at why child care is so expensive and families' options for paying for child care. The following tabular appendixes are included: (1) 2012 Average Annual Cost of Full-Time Care by State; (2) 2012 Ranking of Least-Affordable Child Care for an Infant in a Center; (3) 2012 Ranking of Least-Affordable Child Care for a 4-Year-Old Child in a Center; (4) 2012 Ranking of Least-Affordable Child Care for a School-Aged Child in a Center; (5) 2012 Average Child Care Center Costs and Median Housing Costs by State; (6) 2012 Average Annual Costs of Full-Time Child Care in a Center and Public College Tuition and Fees by State; (7) 2012 Average Costs for Center-Based Care for an Infant Compared to Varying Poverty Levels; (8) 2012 Average Costs for Center-Based Care for a 4-Year-Old Compared to Varying Poverty Levels; (9) 2012 Average Costs for an Infant in a Family Child Care Home Compared to Varying Poverty Levels; (10) 2012 Average Costs for a 4-Year-Old in a Family Child Care Home Compared to Varying Poverty Levels; (11) 2012 Ranking of Affordability of Center-Based Care for Single Mothers; (12) 2012 Urban-Rural Cost Difference for Center-Based Care, by State; and (13) 2012 Urban-Rural Cost Difference for Family Child Care, by State. A list of resources for families and a glossary are also provided. [For the 2012 report, see ED559910.]
Child Care Aware of America. 1515 North Courthouse Road 11th Floor, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 703-341-4100; Fax: 703-341-4101; e-mail: news@usa.childcareaware.org; Web site: http://www.childcareaware.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Child Care Aware of America
Identifiers - Location: United States