Make your voice heard with the California Cost of Child Care Study

Aug 3, 2023 | News & Announcements

Are you a child care Executive Director, Program Director, Family Child Care Home Owner, or Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Provider? If so, the state of California would like your input!

California is changing how it pays for child care! Building on the 2022 Cost of Quality Study, the California Department of Social Services is working with Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies to design and implement an alternative methodology process to:

  1. Better understand how much it costs providers to deliver high-quality early care and education and stay in business.
  2. Develop a tool to help estimate the true cost of care based on variables such as program size, geographic location, and ages of children served that can be used to inform rate setting.

We need to hear from you! Make your voice heard by participating in a Virtual Input Session and by completing the CA Cost of Child Care Survey. This is your opportunity to share what it truly costs to provide quality child care – not just what families can afford to pay.

The survey and input sessions will allow early care and education providers, including child care and development centers, family child care homes, tribal programs, and license-exempt family, friend, or neighbor care providers to share information on current expenses and the true cost of care.

The survey is available in multiple languages. Input Sessions will be held in English and Spanish (and other languages as requested, if possible). If you participated in the 2022 Cost of Quality Study and your data is complete, we will be following up with you directly.

Learn more about the process. Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies is conducting this study and all data will be kept confidential and not attributed to any one person or program.

Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies


Phone: (217) 469-5250

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