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Average Child Daycare Rates Across the U.S.


Average annual fees for full time care (highest & lowest cities in the U.S.)


In a center

Infant day care                                     Mississippi Lowest ($4,650) Washington D.C. Highest ($18,200)
4-year-old child daycare                         Mississippi Lowest ($3,900) Washington D.C. Highest ($14,050)
Before/after-school for school-age child     Louisiana Lowest ($2,450) New York($10,400)

In a family child day care

Infant day care                                        Mississippi Lowest ($3,850) Massachusetts ($12,100)
4-year-old child                                        Mississippi Lowest ($3,600) Massachusetts ($11,300)
Before/after-school for school-age child        South Carolina ($2,300) New York ($9,000)


As you can see from the above chart, the highest child daycare rates are in the north east United States and daycare is expensive! Also apparent from the above chart is the huge range between highest and lowest day care rates in the U.S. If you'd like to read about my personal experience with daycare pricing, you can read more here.

The below charts show child day care rates in all 50 states across the U.S. and were compiled from the National Associaton of Child Care Resource & Referral Agences.   The factors affecting these rates for child care are:

  • Where you live (east coast, west coast, NYC) [this is probably the biggest factor]
  • The type of care (infant, center, home, babysitter, full-time nanny)
  • The age of your child or children
  • Special needs of your child

Even within a city, for instance the boroughs of New York City, the rates will vary greatly, so obviously the child daycare rates in your area might be different that what's listed below. Find a daycare center that's in your budget AND you feel comfortable with leaving your child in their care, that's the goal -- finding an affordable, safe & nurturing child daycare!

Please submit child daycare rates in your area so we can include them on this page. Help us keep parents informed about the rates for child daycare -- Contact Us

updated Oct-7-2011


Below are average in home daycare rates and center daycare rates from across the country. Rates in your area may vary. Choose a provider you feel completely comfortable with and don't base your choice strictly on cost. If you're trying to find daycare in your area, use our site to search for nearby providers.


Alabama Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $5,350

4-year-old child $5,650

Before/after-school for school-age child $5,050

In a family child care home

Infant $4,650

4-year-old child $4,750

Before/after-school for school-age child $5,500


Alaska Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,450
4-year-old child $7,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,450

In a family child care home

Infant $7,500
4-year-old child $6,250
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,500


Arizona Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,250
4-year-old child $7,350
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,750

In a family child care home

Infant $6,550
4-year-old child $6,200
Before/after-school for school-age child $6,100


Arkansas Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $5,400
4-year-old child $4,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,900

In a family child care home

Infant $4,500
4-year-old child $4,100
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,150


California Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $11,300
4-year-old child $7,850
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,600

In a family child care home

Infant $6,850
4-year-old child $6,600
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,900


Colorado Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $12,400
4-year-old child $9,000
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,300

In a family child care home

Infant $8,400
4-year-old child $7,750
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,200


Connecticut Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $12,650
4-year-old child $10,350
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,250

In a family child care home

Infant $9,400
4-year-old child $8,950
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,300


Delaware Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,550
4-year-old child $7,300
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,050

In a family child care home

Infant $6,950
4-year-old child $6,150
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,150


Washington D.C. Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $18,200
4-year-old child $14,050
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $11,700
4-year-old child $8,050
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Florida Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,950
4-year-old child $6,350
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,600

In a family child care home

Infant $7,150
4-year-old child $6,050
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,850


Georgia Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care In a center

Infant $7,200
4-year-old child $6,100
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,200

In a family child care home

Infant $5,400
4-year-old child $5,000
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,600


Hawaii Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $12,600
4-year-old child $7,300
Before/after-school for school-age child $6,900

In a family child care home

Infant $7,350
4-year-old child $7,300
Before/after-school for school-age child $7,250


Idaho Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $6,200
4-year-old child $5,400
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,650

In a family child care home

Infant $5,400
4-year-old child $5,050
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,700


Illinois Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $11,800
4-year-old child $8,700
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,600

In a family child care home

Infant $7,150
4-year-old child $6,600
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,200


Indiana Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,200
4-year-old child $7,000
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,400

In a family child care home

Infant $5,900
4-year-old child $4,950
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,400


Iowa Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $8,600
4-year-old child $7,300
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,800

In a family child care home

Infant $6,500
4-year-old child $6,250
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,350


Kansas Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,950
4-year-old child $7,100
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,350

In a family child care home

Infant $6,250
4-year-old child $5,450
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,200


Kentucky Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $6,500
4-year-old child $6,750
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,800

In a family child care home

Infant $6,250
4-year-old child $5,200
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,650


Louisiana Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $5,900

4-year-old child $4,400

Before/after-school for school-age child $2,450

In a family child care home

Infant NR

4-year-old child $4,350

Before/after-school for school-age child $3,100


Maine Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,050
4-year-old child $7,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,700

In a family child care home

Infant $6,700
4-year-old child NR
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,850


Maryland Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $12,400
4-year-old child $8,700
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,000

In a family child care home

Infant $8,850
4-year-old child $7,450
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,450


Massachusetts Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $16,500
4-year-old child $12,200
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $12,100
4-year-old child $11,300
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Michigan Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $8,900
4-year-old child $7,350
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,100

In a family child care home

Infant $6,450
4-year-old child $6,250
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,400


Minnesota Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $12,900
4-year-old child $9,900
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $7,350
4-year-old child $6,600
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Mississippi Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $4,650
4-year-old child $3,900
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,400

In a family child care home Infant $3,850
4-year-old child $3,600
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Missouri Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $8,550
4-year-old child $5,950
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,750

In a family child care home

Infant $5,500
4-year-old child $4,800
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,950


Montana Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care In a center Infant $9,100 $4,650 $18,200 4-year-old child $7,800 $3,900 $14,050 Before/after-school for school-age child $5,700 $2,450 $10,400 In a family child care home Infant $7,000 $3,850 $12,100 4-year-old child $6,500 $3,600 $11,300 Before/after-school for school-age child $5,200


Nebraska Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,950
4-year-old child $6,850
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,900

In a family child care home

Infant $6,300
4-year-old child $5,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,450


Nevada Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,400
4-year-old child $7,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,550

In a family child care home

Infant $8,000
4-year-old child NR
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,650


New Hampshire Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $10,900
4-year-old child $8,750
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,900

In a family child care home

Infant $8,200
4-year-old child $7,500
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,950


New Jersey Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $11,200
4-year-old child $9,250
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,100

In a family child care home

Infant $8,200
4-year-old child $7,050
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,950


New Mexico Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,300
4-year-old child $6,600
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $6,150
4-year-old child $5,600
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


New York Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $13,650
4-year-old child $10,550
Before/after-school for school-age child $10,400

In a family child care home

Infant $10,200
4-year-old child $9,450
Before/after-school for school-age child $9,000


North Carolina Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $8,500
4-year-old child $7,250
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $6,600
4-year-old child $5,750
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


North Dakota Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,500
4-year-old child $6,650
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $6,100
4-year-old child $5,750
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Ohio Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,750
4-year-old child $5,900
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,700

In a family child care home

Infant $6,500
4-year-old child $5,800
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,750


Oklahoma Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,100
4-year-old child $5,200
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,400

In a family child care home

Infant $5,750
4-year-old child $4,950
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,400


Oregon Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $10,750
4-year-old child $8,300
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,000

In a family child care home

Infant $6,000
4-year-old child $5,400
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,500


Pennsylvania Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $11,300
4-year-old child $7,000
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $8,050
4-year-old child $5,700
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Rhode Island Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $11,400
4-year-old child $9,100
Before/after-school for school-age child $6,700

In a family child care home

Infant $8,700
4-year-old child $8,300
Before/after-school for school-age child $6,200


South Carolina Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $5,850
4-year-old child $5,450
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,000

In a family child care home

Infant $4,550
4-year-old child $4,100
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,300


South Dakota Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $5,750
4-year-old child $5,500
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,550

In a family child care home

Infant $5,050
4-year-old child $4,900
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,250


Tennessee Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center v Infant $5,850
4-year-old child $4,500
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,450

In a family child care home

Infant $4,750
4-year-old child $4,050
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,500


Texas Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,850
4-year-old child $6,600
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,950

In a family child care home

Infant $6,450
4-year-old child $5,350
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,250


Utah Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $7,800
4-year-old child $5,800
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,850

In a family child care home

Infant $5,750
4-year-old child $5,000
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,450


Vermont Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $9,300
4-year-old child $8,500
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,650

In a family child care home

Infant $7,200
4-year-old child $6,700
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,900


Virginia Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $8,800
4-year-old child $6,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $5,600

In a family child care home

Infant $6,800
4-year-old child $5,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,750


Washington Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $11,450
4-year-old child $8,600
Before/after-school for school-age child $4,650

In a family child care home

Infant $8,650
4-year-old child $7,200
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,800


West Virginia Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $6,950
4-year-old child $5,800
Before/after-school for school-age child NR

In a family child care home

Infant $5,350
4-year-old child $5,150
Before/after-school for school-age child NR


Wisconsin Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $10,500
4-year-old child $9,050
Before/after-school for school-age child $8,200

In a family child care home

Infant $8,550
4-year-old child $7,650
Before/after-school for school-age child $7,150


Wyoming Average Child Daycare Rates More Info

Average annual fees for full-time care

In a center

Infant $8,150
4-year-old child $7,050
Before/after-school for school-age child $3,100

In a family child care home

Infant $6,800
4-year-old child $6,250
Before/after-school for school-age child $2,850


Average Daycare Rates -- least & most expensive weekly rates

Averages are based on a three-year old child attending a center-based childcare 5 days a week.

Most Expensive
Minneapolis, MN
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Philadelphia, PA
Wilmington, DE
Manchester, NH
Anchorage, AK
Chicago, IL
San Diego, CA

                            Least Expensive
Tampa, FL
Jackson, MS
Mobile, AL
Billings, MT
New Orleans, LA
Springfield, IL
Charleston, WV
Little Rock, AR
Albuquerque, NM
Columbia, SC


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