The Kentucky Child Care Market Rate Study

This report is developed in part with Child Care Block Grant funds through a contract to the Human Development Institute from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care (Contract Number M-06123325). Additional copies of this report are available upon request.
This report is developed in part with Child Care Block Grant funds through a contract to the Human Development Institute from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care (Contract Number M-06123325). Additional copies of this report are available upon request.

LATEST FINDINGS

The Kentucky Child Care Market Rate Survey was a population survey of all licensed and certified child care facilities in Kentucky (adjusted population 2,178). The response rate for the 2015 study was 57%. Data was collected using both online and paper surveys.

From 2005-2017, without exception, prices for child care Licensed Type I and Type II are higher than for Certified Home providers for all age categories at the 75th percentile. Within providers, prices decrease as children age: daily prices for the Infant/Toddler (I/T) age group are greater than for Preschoolers (PS) and School Age (SA) children. The market price also increased for full-time and parttime care in all provider types between 2015 and 2017


2017 Kentucky Market Rate Study 
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THE COST OF CARE
Statewide Median Weekly Rates

  • 150

    Infants

  • 149

    Toddlers

  • 140

    Preschool

  • 125

    School-Age

THE KENTUCKY EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION WORKFORCE

A series of three surveys examining the background, experience, education, professional development, wages, and benefits of child care directors, teachers and family child care providers..

Profit Status

50% Not-for-Profit
44% For Profit

Consistent with baseline.

Funding Source

91% Parent Fees
73% Public Subsidies
22% Fundraising

Increase in fundraising
Decrease in parent fees and public subsidies

Access to Health Care

83% Director
71% Family Child Care
78% Teacher

Increase from baseline

Special Needs

51% with at least 1 child with an emotional, developmental or behavioral issue

Increase from baseline

Calendar

72% Open Year-Round
28% School-Year Only

Increase in School-Year Only

English as a Second Language

35% with at least 1 child whose primary language is not English

Increase from baseline

Gender

49 of 50 are female

Consistent with baseline

Education

41% Directors
42% Teachers
23% Family Child Care Centers
Reported having a bachelors degree

Decrease from baseline

Years Experience

Directors 7 years in current position; 16 years in career
Family Child Care 11 years in current position; 15 years in career
Teachers 3 years in current position; 9 years in career

Consistent with baseline

WAGES

Annual wages by provider type.

Director

33,614

Family Child Care

24,089

Teachers

18,720

Reports

This report is developed in part with Child Care Block Grant funds through a contract to the Human Development Institute from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care (Contract Number P02 736 1200004856 1). The survey tool was developed in partnership with Child Trends.

TypeYear Report Link
2017 Market Rate Study download
2015 Market Rate Study download
 2014 download
 2014Full Report download
 2014 Infographic download
  2013 Market Rate Study download
2012 Workforce Study Executive Summary download
  2012  Director Report download
  2012 Family Child Care Report download
  2012 Teacher Report download
  2012 Infographic download
  2011 Market Rate Study download
  2009 Market Rate Study download
  2007 Market Rate Study download
  2005Market Rate Study download

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All requests for data or questions about the research and evaluation conducted should be submitted to Patti Singleton at panabe2@uky.edu or (859) 257-4913. All data requests will be reviewed and approved by the funder.