Reports and Research

Child Care in America: 2014 State Fact Sheets -- Full Book (PDF - National Summary of key data and all state fact sheets) – This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to look at:
  • Family characteristics related to the need for child care.
  • The use of child care.
  • The supply of child care.
  • The cost of child care.
  • The child care workforce.
  • Services provided by CCR&Rs


We Can Do Better: 2013 Update  - The fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. Child Care Aware® of America’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed. The average score in 2013 was 92 out of a possible 150 points (61 percent of all possible points). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, the remaining top 10 states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D and the remaining states 20 failed.



Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update - Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes: Child Care Aware® of America assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation.  The maximum number of points a state could receive is 150. Sixteen states scored  zero. Of the states that scored points, the average score was 69, which equates to 46 percent - a failing grade in any classroom. Family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak  training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards.



Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report - Provides information about the cost of child care from a recent survey of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Network offices and local agencies. Child care costs were reported for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age care in centers and family child care homes. The report also compares the cost of child care to household income, expenses and college tuition.