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The Care.com Cost of Child Care Survey: 2015 Report

Katie Bugbee
Feb. 26, 2018

The Care.com 2015 Cost of Care Survey revealed what your different child care options mean for your wallet and how you can save money.

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Child care is expensive. Year over year, its the largest annual household expense, averaging $18,000 for families in the United States. And its an ongoing topic of discussion for parents everywhere.

The 2015 Care.com Report states that the weekly average cost of a nanny for one child is $477, while only $488 for two children. The average weekly cost of a day care center  is $188 for one child and $341 for two. A family day care provider (also called in-home day care) is the least expensive option at $140 for one child and $267 for two. And an au pair is $360 a week for either one or two children.

Care.com is committed to helping families manage all their all family care needs, whether its finding nannies or babysitters, day care connections, au pair matching, housekeepers, tutors, pet care or senior care help. But honestly, what we cant do is control the cost.

We can, however, share insights on how to budget, save and use Flexible Spending Accounts and tax breaks to help rein in your care costs, and even offer some suggestions about how your employers can help as well.

Below is the 2nd Annual Cost of Care infographic, breaking down the cost and effect of child care on families and companies.  Learn more about the 2015 Cost of Care survey .

 

Sources for Care.com's 2015 Cost of Child Care Survey

Here are the internal and external sources we looked at to compile our information on the 2015 cost of child care.

Internal

  • Care.com 2015 Cost of Care Survey of approximately 700 parents
  • Care.com 2014 member data on nanny and after school child care rates
  • Care.com HomePay

External

  • Child Care Aware Child Care Aware, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report
  • The College Board's Trends in College Pricing 2014
  • Cultural Care Au PairAu Pair in America & Au Pair Care
  • American Community Survey by the US Census Bureau from 2010 to 2012
  • NACCRRA’s January 2014 survey of Child Care Resource and Referral State Networks. Some states used the latest state market rate survey.

 

Other Care.com Cost of Child Care Surveys

 

What’s your child care story? How has your family been affected by the cost of care? Share your stories with us in the comments below

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