Child care is expensive. There are many things that affect the cost of child care. For example, infants and toddlers require more staff and smaller groups of children. Other things that affect the high cost of child care include:
- Location of care
- Education level of staff and ongoing training needs
- Materials needed to create a safe and interesting learning environment
- Healthy snacks and meals
- Special programs or features
In-home caregivers tend to be the most expensive form of care, followed by centers and family child care homes.