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Cost of child care in a Type III/Class A early learning center in Louisiana

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For data prior to 2020, the median annual cost of child care in a Type III (or, for years prior to 2017, Class A) early learning center. Beginning in 2020, data are reported as the average cost of child care in a Type III early learning center.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data from the Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Surveys (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2020).


Because data are not available at the parish level, this data reflects the cost of child care in that parish's DCFS region for the 2005-2014 and 2020 data. The parish's zone (urban versus non-urban) was used for the 2017 data, as that is the smallest geography that was made publicly available. The annual cost was determined by multiplying the median weekly weekday rate by 52 to provide an estimate of the cost of full-time, year-round care. Note that the median cost is that point at which half of the child care centers in that region are more expensive, and half are less expensive.

Updated January 7, 2022.

Last Updated

January 2022