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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.

THE COST OF CARE
Statewide Median Weekly Rates

  • 150

    Infants

  • 149

    Toddlers

  • 140

    Preschool

  • 125

    School-Age

LATEST FINDINGS

Wages for directors, teachers and FCC are on average 19.3% below the national median annual compensation, with a range from 5.01% below for FCC to 33.61% below for directors (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). Teachers reported an annual salary of $22,620 which is 8.09% below the national median annual wage.

Directors’ median income has decreased nearly $2,000 since 2014, while median salary increased approximately $3,500 for FCC providers. Teachers’ annual median wage increased from $18,720 in 2014 to $22,620 in 2019.

The median annual income across respondent types differed by region and area. Directors make the least in the Eastern Region ($27,643) and in rural KY ($29,120), while FCC providers make the least in the Western Region ($20,800) and in urban areas ($25,000). There was little to no variability in teachers’ annual income based on the region and area.

The number of child care providers across all groups who supplement their income through a second job has increased since 2014. In 2019, 17% of the workforce report a secondary income, with the highest percentage among teachers (19.7%) and directors (18.7%). The average reported secondary annual income was $9,567.


2019 KY Workforce Report  Workforce Study Summary 
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2019 KY Workforce Infographic

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
 2019Workforce Study Summary download
 2019Full Report download
2018 Cost Addendum Report
download
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.