More than 11 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the United States. US and the High Cost of Child Care: A Review of Prices and Proposed Solutions for a Broken System provides a brief review of child care as a sound return on investment and shares our policy recommendations for supporting families and child care providers.
The report finds that in California, single parents pay 60.4% of their income for infant center care. Married parents of 2 children living at the poverty line pay 112.8% of their household income for center-based child care. The cost of infant care in California is more than the annual cost of college tuition at a four year college.
Also featured are:
- Brief case studies on regional costs in Maryland, California, and Louisiana;
- The importance of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other similar organizations in connecting families to child care, supporting the child care workforce, as well as supporting adequately-funded state systems of support for child care;
- A blog post that provides an introduction to this report and the issue of the unaffordability of child care for all families; and,
- Educational and advocacy tools to help your state or community move the conversation about child care into action.