INTERACTIVE: State-by-State Comparison of Daycare and Public College Tuition

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/21 2014 02:59PM

Updated 04/21 2014 03:02PM

A report by ChildCare Aware of America compared the annual costs of full-time child care in a center to public college tuition and fees by state. 

According to the 2013 report, the cost of child care increased up to eight times the rate of increases in family income. 

“Child care is an increasingly difficult financial burden for working families to bear,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.,  Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America. “Unlike all other areas of education investment, including higher  education, families pay the majority of costs for early education. Too many families are finding it impossible to access and afford quality child care that doesn’t jeopardize children’s safety and healthy development.”

Click on a state to see the breakdown of daycare and college costs. States highlighted in blue indicate college costs are more expensive. Red highlighted states indicate daycare costs are more expensive.

Data provided by ChildCare Aware of America

^ 2011 data, adjusted for inflation
^^ 2010 data, adjusted for inflation
* 2009 data, adjusted for inflation
** 2008 data, adjusted for inflation

The report says that costs for school-age children are for the nine-month school year. Cosst are not comparable to previous years' data. 

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