How Much Will I Pay for Child Care
The cost of child care depends on many things: geography, local cost of living, demand for care, type of care sought, schedule of care needed, and other factors. Providers may charge an hourly, daily, or weekly rate depending on your schedule and their fee structure. 4-C conducts an annual survey to determine average costs of regulated child care. The 4-C data and publications link below reflects the most recent average rates to expect.
Prices vary among child care providers. When comparing rates, be sure you fully understand what the basic fee includes and what extra costs may come up for additional services such as meals, field trips, and transportation. Child care providers may have established policies and fees concerning registration, holding a vacant spot, late pick-up, and returned checks. Additionally, providers may have fees or time set aside for sick, vacation, and holiday time.