Childcare costs in California can top $3,300 a month: survey

In a pattern familiar to Californians, a survey found childcare in the state is some of the most expensive in the country. The Golden State ranks No. 4 in the nation for childcare costs, according to the 2022 Cost of Care Survey by

The weekly rate for a full-time nanny is $829 in California, the survey found. When you add that up, it amounts to more than $3,300 per month.

The cost of hiring a nanny in California is 19% higher than the national average of $694.

Daycare is a much more affordable option, but is still pricey in California. The weekly rate for daycare at a childcare center is $286, according to the survey, which is 26% more than the national average of $226.

How much childcare costs can differ based on your child’s age. A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute found caring for an infant in California costs $16,945 on average. That comes out to more than $1,400 per month.

For a family making the median household income, childcare would eat up 25% of their budget, the Policy Institute found – and that’s if they only have one child. An average family with two children, one an infant and one 4-year-old, would have to pay $2,368 a month in childcare costs.

The only spots in the country while childcare costs more than in California are Washington, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, the survey found. D.C. has a weekly nanny rate of $855 and a whopping weekly childcare rate of $419.

Rounding out the top ten are Colorado, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont.

Nationwide, the cost of childcare is going up. Fifty-eight percent of families expect to spend over $10,000 on childcare in 2022, up 13 points from 2019. Over half of families say they spend at least one-fifth of their income on childcare, up from 31% in 2019. The United States Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing 7% of income.

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