The High Cost of Infant Day Care

In December, Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, announced new aid for parents struggling to cover child-care costs. The annual cost of full-time care for an infant at a day-care center in the District is among the highest in the nation, when compared with those in states as well as other cities, government data show. - Annys Shin

Top 10 states with the least affordable center-based infant care in 2014, compared with the District, Maryland and Virginia, according to Child Care Aware of America (rank based on percentage of median family income for married-couple families).

  1. Minnesota- Annual cost of infant care in a center = $14,366.  Percent of median family income (married couple) = 15.2%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 53.6%.
  2. Oregon - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $11,322.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =15.2%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 50.7%.
  3. New York - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $14,144.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =15.2%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 54.5%.
  4. Massachusetts - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $17,062.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =15.1%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 62.8%.
  5. Colorado - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $13,154.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =15.1%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 46.6%.
  6. Washington - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $12,733.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =14.8%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 49.2%.
  7. Illinois - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $12,964.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =14.7%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 54.0%.
  8. California - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $11,817.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =14.4%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 44.9%.
  9. Nevada - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $9,852.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =14.2%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 34.9%.
  10. Kansas - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $11,201.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =14.1%.  Percent of median family income (single parent) = 46.9%.

      19. Maryland - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $13,932.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =12.3%.  Percent of

            median family income (single parent) = 38.3%.

      36. Virginia - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $10,458.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =10.7%.  Percent of

            median family income (single parent) = 37.9%.

            The District - Annual cost of infant care in a center = $22,631.  Percent of median family income (married couple) =14.4%.  Percent of

            median family income (single parent) = 88.5%.

 

Post analysis of cost of full-time center based care, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, in select cities 2011-2012 based on available city, state, and federal data (annual cost and % of median family income):

The District - $18,528, 23%

New York City - $13,520, 19%

Chicago - $11,856, 16%

Boston - $19,500, 21%

Dallas - $7,613, 11%

 

Retrieved from the January 24, 2016 issue of the Washington Post Magazine.

 

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