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Who Buys Source

A 2009 survey by The Media Audit concluded that heavy Radio listeners (defined as those adults who tune in for more than 3 hours in a typical day) spend more than the average adult on daycare costs. These heavy listeners spend an average of $2,775 per year, $189 more than the typical U.S. adult.

The Media Audit, 2009

Profiling adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for child care services in the last year:
 

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Of those adults 18+ who consulted the Yellow Pages for child care services in the past year, 65.4% were women and 34.6% were men.

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for child care services in the past year, by age range: 18-24, 24.4%; 25-34, 38.5%; 35-44, 21.1%; 45-54, 9.2%; 55-64, 4.8%; 65+, 2.0%.

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Adults 18+ who consulted the Yellow Pages for child care services in the previous year, by income level: $100,000+, 20.1%; $75-99,999, 12.6%; $60-74,999, 9.9%; $50-59,999, 7.2%; $40-49,999, 9.5%; $30-39,999, 13.0%; $20-29,999, 10.7%; under $20,000, 17.1%.

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for child care services in the last year, by race: White, 62.8%; Black, 21.7%; Other, 15.5%; Hispanic origin, 14.4%.

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for child care services in the last year, by marital status: Single, 34.2%; married, 55.7%; separated/widowed/divorced, 10.1%.

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Adults 18+ who consulted the Yellow Pages for child care services in the last year, by region: Northeast, 14.8%; Midwest, 21.1%; South, 44.9%; West, 19.2%.

MRI/Mediamark Research & Intelligence, LLC, 2008

Approximately 12 million children under the age of five are in some type of regular child care each week.

USA Today, 2006

Percent of children under six years old (and not yet in kindergarten) in some type of non-parental care arrangements,  by age: Less than one year, 40%; one year, 53%; two years, 59%; three years, 65%; four years, 79%; five years, 82%.

National Center for Education Statistics, 2005

Percent of children under six years old (and not yet in kindergarten) in some type of non-parental care arrangement, by race/ethnicity: White (non-Hispanic), 60%; Black (non-Hispanic), 73%; Hispanic, 48%; Other, 64%.

National Center for Education Statistics, 2005

When They Buy Source

According to a study by employee assistance provider ComPsych, almost 40% of employees say they spend more than 12 hours involved in arranging for their children's summer child care. Calls inquiring about the issue peak in March and April.

USA Today, 2006


How They Buy Source

Research by Runzheimer International determined that the average rate for full-time daycare in the U.S. is $611.43, based on a monthly expenditure for a two-year-old child who utilizes daycare five days per week, eight hours a day.

Runzheimer International, 2006

Average monthly expenses for infant care, by region: Northeast, $794; Midwest, $592; South, $479; West, $574.

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

Average monthly expenses for pre-school care, by region: Northeast, $649; Midwest, $476; South, $391; West, $463.

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

According to a  2006 study, the most affordable states for infant care (based on average annual expenses): Alabama, $3,803; Arkansas, $4,020; Nevada, $4,200; Mississippi, $4,368; Oklahoma, $4,423; South Carolina, $4,712; Montana, $4,836; West Virginia, $4,853; Georgia, $4,878; Tennessee, $4,942.

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

Based on a 2006 study, the most affordable states for pre-school care (according to average annual costs): Alabama, $3,016; Nevada, $3,200; Arkansas, $3,384; West Virginia, $3,886; Mississippi, $3,904; Oklahoma, $3,940; Missouri, $3,967; Georgia, $4,025; South Carolina, $4,180; Tennessee, $4,188.

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

According to a 2006 survey, the least affordable states for infant care (based on average yearly expenses): Massachusetts, $13,480; Minnesota, $11,796; New Jersey, $10,507; Connecticut, $10,390; Maryland, $10,314; New York, $10,185; Virginia, $9,854; California, $9,691; Rhode Island, $9,464; Illinois, $9,449.

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

According to a 2006 survey, the least affordable states for pre-school care (based on average annual costs): Massachusetts, $9,628; New Jersey, $8,985; Minnesota, $8,832; New York, $8,530; Connecticut, $8,459; Virginia, $7,852; Rhode Island, $7,800; Califonia, $7,622; Colorado, $7,020; New Hampshire, $7,014. 

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

Annual research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that husband-wife families earning less than $43,200 a year paid an average of $1,080 during 2005 in child care/education expenses for a child aged 0-2 years, and $1,220 for a 3-5-year-old child.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2006

Annual research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that husband-wife families earning between $43,200 and $72,600 a year paid an average of $1,780 during 2005 in child care/education expenses for a child aged 0-2 years, and $1,970 for a 3-5-year-old child.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2006

Annual research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that husband-wife families earning more than $72,600 a year paid an average of $2,690 during 2005 in child care/education expenses for a child aged 0-2 years, and $2,930 for a 3-5-year-old child.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2006

Yearly research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that single-parent households earning less than $43,200 paid an average of $680 during 2005 in child-care/education expenses for a child aged 0-2 years, and $920 for a 3-5-year old youngster. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2006

Annual research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that single-parent families earning more than $43,200 a year paid an average of $1,670 during 2005 in child care/education expenses for a child aged 0-2 years, and $2,090 for a 3-5-year-old child.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2006

The average rate for a babysitter in the U.S. (based on an average hourly rate for the supervision of one four-year-old child in the pre-midnight evening hours) is $6.04 per hour.

Runzheimer International, 2006


Where They Buy Source

Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, the percentage of preschool children, with employed mothers, who are in the following types of daycare: Relatives, 24.8%; child care center or nursery school, 24.3%; father, 17.5%; nanny or family day-care home, 17.2%; mother (while working), 3.2%; other (such as no regular arrangement), 13.0%.  

USA Today, 2007

Knowledge Learning Corporation provides daycare and educational programs for approximately 200,000 children in 38 states and Washington, DC. In 2005, Knowledge Learning acquired KinderCare Learning Centers.

Hoover's, 2006

Bright Horizons Family Solutions provides corporate-sponsored work-site childcare. The firm operates some 600 centers in 41 states (as well as internationally), and offers emergency backup care, before- and after-school care, summer camps, vacation care, and elementary school instruction (kindergarten through fifth grade). Revenues for 2005 totaled $625.3 million, a 13.3% increase from the prior year.

Hoover's, 2006

Learning Care Group (formerly Childtime Learning Centers) provides full-time and part-time daycare, preschool and after-school services year-round, five days a week for youngsters ages 6-12. Its 459 daycare sites operate under the brand names Childtime Learning Centers and Tutor Time Leaning Centers. In 2006, Learning Care Group was acquired by A.B.C. Learning Centres.

Hoover's, 2006

La Petite Academy, a subsidiary of LPA Holding Corp., provides both full- and part-time child care, educational and developmental programs, and workplace child care through almost 650 centers (including 590 residential academies, some 30 workplace academies and 30 Montessori schools). Its 2005 revenues totaled $394.0 million, 2.7% higher than 2004.

Hoover's, 2006

States with the largest number of licensed child care facilities in 2005: California, 59,335; Texas, 22,888; Michigan, 18,303; New York, 17,499; Minnesota, 14,662; Illinois, 13,541; Massachusetts, 13,310; Maryland, 12,447; Georgia, 9,755; Florida, 9,192.

National Child Care Information Center, 2006

Business Trends Source

The overall number of licensed child care facilities in the U.S. (including 105,444 child care centers, 213,966 family child care homes and 16,110 other licensed facilities) totaled 335,520 in 2005.

National Child Care Information Center, 2006

According to a study by the State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, a U.S. family with a four-year-old child encounters average prices of $3,016 to $9,628 a year in child care costs. Average child-care fees for one infant range from $3,803 to $13,480 a year.

State Child Care Resource and Referral Networks, 2006

Research by Runzheimer International determined that full-time daycare rates (for a 2-year-old child) increased 5.6% from 2004 to 2005. For the same time period, hourly babysitting rates rose 4.7%.

Runzheimer International, 2006

Misc Source

Share of child daycare workers, by age group: 16-19, 4.9%; 20-24, 12.8%; 25-34, 24.7%; 35-44, 23.3%; 45-54, 20.6%; 55-64, 10.3%; 65+, 3.5%.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2006

In 2004, hourly earnings of non-supervisory workers in the child daycare services industry averaged $9.76.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2006