Katie Bugbee @KatieBugbee

Mom of three, sharing her advice and stories on parenting and care-wrangling.

Sources for the 2016 Cost of Care Report

Here are the internal and external sources we looked at to compile our information on the 2016 cost of child care.


  • 2016 Cost of Care Survey of nearly 900 parents
  • 2015 member data on nanny, babysitter, and after-school child care rates
  • HomePay
  • Care@Work Better Benefits Survey


  • Child Care Aware, Child Care Aware, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2015 Report
  • Cultural Care Au PairAu Pair in America Au Pair Care
  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2011-2013 three-year estimates.
  • NACCRRA’s January 2015 survey of Child Care Resource and Referral State Networks. Some states used the latest state market rate survey.
  • Center for American Progress, Hidden Costs of Child Care System, and There Are Significant Business Costs to Replacing Employees
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Mean Age of Mothers is on the Rise: United States, 2000–2014 (January 2016)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Report 1058 (November 2015)