The costs of delivering high quality child care often exceed the prices that families are able to pay. However, an increased focus on professionalizing the workforce and increasing quality is expensive for programs to achieve. This session will highlight new research from the perspectives of families, providers, and states in understanding the tension between how much it costs to provide high quality care and how much families can afford to pay.
The session will begin with framing of a recent report on the price of care for families nationally, particularly focusing on the unaffordability for most working families. The next presentation will focus on the development and findings from a new measure to understand the costs to center-based providers of providing high quality care to young children. The third presentation will highlight findings from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education on prices charged by centers. The fourth presentation will highlight new analyses that showcase the unaffordability of care for Hispanic families in particular. Finally, our state moderator will reflect on the issues raised and provide a perspective of how his state is dealing with these competing challenges.
Chair and Moderator
• Woody Dover, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
• Dionne Dobbins, Child Care Aware America | The US and the High Price of Child Care: An Examination of a Broken System
• Gretchen Kirby, Mathematica | Assessing the Implementation Costs of Quality Early Childhood Education
• Tracy Gebhart, Child Trends | Prices Charged in Center-Based Early Care and Education Programs: Associations with Indicators of Quality
• Danielle Crosby, National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families and University of North Carolina, Greensboro | Child Care Affordability Is Out of Reach for Many Low-Income Hispanic Households