The True Cost of High Quality Child Care Across the United States
This report explores ways to cover the true cost of high quality child care in order to meet the needs of children, families, and the broader economy. By creating a new and equitable financial model for child care, it will ensure that care is affordable for families, that the workforce is compensated at a living wage, and that programs have resources to meet high quality standards. It includes the link to a refreshed version of a 2018 interactive cost estimation tool for home-based child care, and for children ages birth to five. While there is not a tool for school-age, the information and concepts are relevant for school-age care. This resource may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds.