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Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers

It is no secret that child care can be costly, and this is especially true for infant and toddler child care. Annual child care often exceeds the annual cost of college tuition and is one of the largest expenses in a family’s budget. To help illustrate the gap between current child care prices and the real cost to provide high-quality child care, the Center for American Progress developed a 50-state cost model for center-based programs. This report provides state-by-state estimates of the cost to provide child care that meets minimum state licensing standards, as well as the cost to provide high-quality child care where early childhood educators earn salaries comparable to kindergarten teachers.

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Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis

This study by ReadyNation examines the economic impacts of the nation’s child care crisis on infants and toddlers, working parents, employers, and taxpayers. It details the annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue from a lack of child care. 

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Council for a Strong America
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What Are Local Funding Options?

This report from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation highlights local funding mechanisms that are currently available, or could become available, in North Carolina and how to determine which option is the best fit for your community.

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North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation
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