Condition of Education 2018: Early Childhood Care Costs
Between 2001 and 2016, the cost of child care rose by nearly 50 percent or more for children under 6 years old who were not yet enrolled in kindergarten, according to The Condition of Education 2018, released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In 2016, center-based care was the most expensive childcare arrangement, with an average hourly out-of-pocket expense of $7.60, which was 72 percent higher than in 2001, when accounting for inflation.
AIR assisted NCES in compiling the congressionally mandated report, which summarizes the latest data on education at all levels. AIR experts also authored one of the spotlights in the report, Early Childhood Care Arrangements: Choices and Costs, which uses data from the 2016 Early Childhood Program Participation survey, a part of NCES’ 2016 National Household Education Survey program.