Child care provider rate (state-level)

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Definitions: The median monthly cost of child care services by age group and provider type. The median rate is the dollar amount at which half of the providers charge the same or higher and the other half charge the same or lower.

Data Source: Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Data were received on September 25, 2011, and, are also available at http://www.childcarenet.org/partners/data.

Footnotes: Data last updated in September 2011 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

The cost calculations are based on provider reports and are not adjusted for inflation. According to Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network, more than 90% of the providers in the counties reported their child care rates for infant, toddler and pre-school age groups. The provider reporting rate is lower for school-age group.

The age groups are defined as follow:
Infant:         (Less than 1 year old)
Toddler:      (1 to 2.5 year old)
Pre-school:  (2.5 to 5 year old)
School-age:  (6 years or older)

The school-age rates do not include kindergarten.

Providers use different rate schedules (hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly) in specifying their rates. For those providers using a rate schedule other than monthly, the Network converts the rate to monthly terms.

While some providers give discounts when caring for two or more children from the same family, these are not included in the calculations.

For school-age, the rates shown are the before- and after-school rates. The rates for school-age children indicate rates during the school year. The rates for school-age children during the summer are approximately the same as for pre-school children.