How Much Does Daycare Cost?

Although many women and men would like to stay home with their kids, it’s often hard to so because both need to make money to survive.  Two-income households are becoming more common than one-income households, and while there are many options to choose from, such as daycare, a nanny, and before and after-school programs, a day care is the most common solution to the problem of child care in two-income households.

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How much does daycare cost?

Factors that affect the price:

StateMonthly Costs
Alabama
$425 - $525 / month
Alaska
$590 - $700 / month
Arizona
$610 - $725 / month
Arkansas
$225 - $410 / month
California
$905 - $1,100 / month
Colorado
$725 - $975 / month
Connecticut
$895 - $1,025 / month
Delaware
$635 - $785 / month
Florida
$465 - $685 / month
Georgia
$415 - $595 / month
Hawaii$785 - $995 / month
Idaho
$395 - $515 / month
Illinois
$795 - $995 / month
Indiana
$685 - $815 / month
Iowa
$585 - $705 / month
Kansas
$605 - $775 / month
Kentucky
$355 - $505 / month
Louisiana
$295 - $495 / month
Maine
$615 - $745 / month
Maryland
$875 - $1,095 / month
Massachusetts
$1,215 - $1,615 / month
Michigan
$605 - $795 / month
Minnesota
$915 - $1,100 / month
Mississippi
$225 - $405 / month
Missouri
$455 - $575 / month
Montana
$485 - $600 / month
Nebraska
$615 - $700 / month
Nevada
$695 - $750 / month
New Hampshire
$755 - $865 / month
New Jersey
$785 - $860 / month
New Mexico
$500 - $580 / month
New York
$1,000 - $1,250 / month
North Carolina
$600 - $715 / month
North Dakota
$495 - $575 / month
Ohio
$715 - $815 / month
Oklahoma
$485 - $560 / month
Oregon
$785 - $850 / month
Pennsylvania
$775 - $835 / month
Rhode Island
$705 - $800 / month
South Carolina
$405 - $475 / month
South Dakota
$685 - $725 / month
Tennessee
$475 - $530 / month
Texas
$575 - $605 / month
Utah
$575 - $630 / month
Vermont
$615 - $685 / month
Virginia
$785 - $915 / month
Washington
$785 - $870 / month
West Virginia
$415 - $525 / month
Wisconsin
$715 - $875 / month
Wyoming$585 - $675 / month

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What are the extra costs?

Advantages of daycare:

Tips to know

How can I save money?

How to compare prices:

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Average Reported Cost: $675

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Less Expensive $1 $1.5K $3K $5K $6.5K More Expensive $8k

How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Anon (Wadsworth,  Ohio) paid $1200 and said:

    1200/ month

    Was it worth it? No

  2. L (Gilbert,  Arizona) paid $150 and said:

    Not technically a “day care” but we pay $150 per month for a twice a week program through the local school.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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