The typical fees charged for child care vary widely by state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers child-care costs to be affordable when they are at or below 7% of annual household income — but many families face costs far above that threshold.
$310,605 – Estimated cost for a middle-class family to raise a child born in 2015 through age 17. This figure is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 projection of $284,594, which was adjusted upward to account for unexpectedly high inflation in 2022.
Source: The Brookings Institute, 2022
Source: Child Care Aware® of America, 2022 (data for 2021; CO data for 2020)
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