Average Childcare Rates

We’ve gathered some sample childcare rates from across the country. Keep in mind that the rates may be different in your area. The size of your city and whether you choose a center or in-home care can affect the rates. So can how full centers usually remain, the training/experience of the childcare provider, and what is included in the rate. What you pay for childcare is not as important as whether you are comfortable with the care your child is receiving and whether your child is in a safe and nurturing environment.



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updated February 2013

Most Expensive and Least Expensive Cities for Average Daycare Rates.
Averages are based on a three-year old child attending a center-based childcare 5 days a week.

Most Expensive

Minneapolis, MN $640
Boston, MA       $631

New York, NY       $622

Washington, DC       $570

Philadelphia, PA       $515

Wilmington, DE       $514

Manchester, NH       $496

Anchorage, AK       $487

Chicago, IL       $484

San Diego, CA       $483

Least Expensive
Tampa, FL      $241

Jackson, MS      $260

Mobile, AL      $279

Billings, MT       $287

New Orleans, LA      $300

Springfield, IL      $300

Charleston, WV      $301

Little Rock, AR      $302

Albuquerque, NM      $ 313

Columbia, SC      $314

Source: Runzheimer International

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.

California Average Childcare Rates
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In Home Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $6,854.00

Toddler $6,596.00

Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $11,276.00

Toddler $7,856.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Colorado Average Childcare Rates

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In Home Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $8,424.00

Toddler $7,748.00

Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $12,376.00

Toddler $8,996.00

source: www.naccrra.org

District of Columbia Average Childcare Rates

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Center Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $11,477.00

Toddler $8,458.00

Home Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $7,532.00

Toddler $6,076.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Georgia Average Childcare Rates

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Center Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $7,176.00

Toddler $6,084.00

In Home Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $5,408.00

Toddler $4,992.00

source: www.naccrra.org

b>Illinois Average Childcare Rates

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In Home Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $11,809.00

Toddler $8,715.00

Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $7,130.00

Toddler $6,595.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Indiana Average Childcare Rates

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In Home Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $9,191.00

Toddler $6,891.00

Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $5,882.00

Toddler $4,953.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Maine Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $9,048.00

Toddler $7,644.00

Home Based Childcare Anual Rates

Infant $6,708.00

Toddler $6,411.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Maryland Average Childcare Rates

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Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $12, 388.00

Toddler $8,704.00

Home Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $8,835.00

Toddler $7,428.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Massachusetts Average Childcare Rates

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Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $16,500.00

Toddler $12,200.00

Home Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $12,100.00

Toddler $11,300.00

source: www.naccrra.org

b>Minnesota Average Childcare Rates

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In Home Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $7,365.00

Toddler $6.616.00

Center Based Annual Childcare Rates

Infant $12,893.00

Toddler $9,885.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Michigan Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $8,892.00

Toddler $7,332.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $6,448.00

Toddler $6,236.00

source: www.naccrra.org

b>Missouri Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $8,528

Toddler $5,928

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $5,512

Toddler $4,784

source: www.naccrra.org

New Jersey Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $11,193

Toddler $9,235

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $8,219

Toddler $7,058

source: www.naccrra.org

New Mexico Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Weekly Rates

Infant $481

Toddler $442

Home Based Childcare Weekly Rates

Infant $347

Toddler $317

source: New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department

New York Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $13,630.00

Toddler $10,541.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $10,187.00

Toddler $9,474.00

source: www.naccrra.org

Oregon Statewide Average Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $10,740.00

Toddler $8,280.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $6,000.00

Toddler $5,400.00

source: www.naccrra.org>

b>Rhode Island Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $11,388.00

Toddler $9,100.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $8,684.00

Toddler $8,320.00

source: www.naccrra.org>

Texas Statewide Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $7,647.00

Toddler $6,454.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $5,970.00

source: www.naccrra.org>

Virginia Child Care Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $11,388.00

Toddler $9,100.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $8,684.00

Toddler $8,320.00

source: www.naccrra.org>

Washington State Childcare Rates

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Center Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $11,438.00

Toddler $8,615.00

Home Based Childcare Annual Rates

Infant $8,643.00

Toddler $7,189.00

source: www.naccrra.org>