How Much Does Daycare Cost?

Although many would like to stay home with their kids, it’s often hard due to financial reasons.  Today, 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 daycare is the most common solution to the problem.

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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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