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In cooperation with the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), we recently released the second edition of the State of Care Index— this study outlines the annual cost of child care and senior care, details families' efforts to save money on care arrangements, and reports on the tie between employment and caregiving.

As an organization interested in child care issues, I am writing to you about this study because it takes a closer look at the pressures facing parents caring for children in the current recession, and I thought you might be interested in our findings:

  • Parents with young children spend, on average, $12,445 annually on child care.
  • 14% of the average family’s household income is devoted to childcare.
  • Parents spend, on average, 45% more per hour on child care for children with special needs. This ratio equals about $10 per hour for special needs care to $7 per hour.
  • 82% of parents of young children and two-thirds of adults with elderly relatives solved a care crisis by missing work.


You can find the full study at:
State of Care Index - Cost of Child Care and Senior Care on Families -

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