Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

A Guide to Calculating the Cost of Quality Early Care and Education

This brief provides a process and model for estimating the current cost of early care and education and the marginal cost of raising the quality of the system. The authors argue that estimating the cost of high-quality early care and education programs and systems involves looking critically at three distinct cost categories: direct service costs, infrastructure costs, and capital costs. The brief provides a roadmap for the process of evaluating these factors, as well as menus of items to consider in defining and estimating the cost of higher-quality systems of early care and education.

Helene Stebbins and Barbara Hanson Langford
Source Type: 
National Organization
Resource Type: 
Planning Guides
Publication Date: 
May, 2006
The Finance Project