Adapting Child Care Market Price Surveys to Support State Quality Initiatives

Recent changes to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) require a State’s child care market price survey to:

  • be statistically valid and reliable; and
  • reflect variations in the cost of child care services by geographic area, type of provider, and age of child.

States may use an alternative methodology for setting payment rates, such as a cost estimation model, to take into account the cost of meeting quality requirements.

This whitepaper provides an overview on how states can adapt to meet these new requirements and also align price surveys to better support efforts to improve the access that children have to high-quality early learning programs.