Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Census Bureau: Child-Care Costs Rise

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Child-care costs nearly doubled in the last 25 years, but the percentage of families who pay for child care dropped, a U.S. Census Bureau report said Wednesday.

The amount of family income spent on child care has hovered around 7 percent between 1986, when data were first collected, and 2011, for families who paid for child care even despite child-care costs rising for the same period, the Census Bureau report said in a release.

Families with an employed mother and children younger than the age of 15 paid an average of $143 per week for child care in 2011, up from $84 in 1985, the report indicated.

The percentage of families who said they made a payment for child care for at least one of their children fell from 42 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2011, the Census Bureau document said.

Since 1997, use of organized day care centers and father-provided care for preschoolers rose, while the proportion of children cared for by non-relatives in the provider’s home declined, the report said.

“Perhaps the most critical decision parents make in balancing their work and home life is choosing the type of care to provide for their children while they work,” said report author Lynda Laughlin, a family demographer in the Census Bureau’s Fertility and Family Statistics unit. “This report is unique in that it is not only the sole study from the Census Bureau on this topic, but also provides a consistent time-series on trends going back to the mid-1980s.”

The information was collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Census Bureau: Child-Care Costs Rise”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.