Annual Cost of Child Care, by Age Group and Type of Facility
Definition: Average annual cost of licensed child care, by facility type and age group of child (e.g., in 2014, child care for an infant under 2 years old in a child care center cost $13,327 annually).
Data Source: California Child Care Resource & Referral Network, California Child Care Portfolio (Nov. 2015); cost data are from the Child Care Regional Market Rate Survey, 2014.
Footnote: Child care centers are facilities that provide care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and/or school-age children during all or part of the day. These facilities may be large or small and can be operated independently by nonprofit organizations or by churches, school districts, or other organizations. Most are licensed by the California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS). In family child care homes, care is offered in the home of the provider, often a parent; care is typically provided for children of a variety of ages. Family child care homes also are licensed by CDSS. ‘Infant’ children are those under 2 years old; ‘Preschoolers’ range from ages 2 to 5.