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Center-based child care costs as a percentage of median income in Louisiana

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For all data prior to 2020, the median cost for child care in a Type III (or, prior to 2017, a Class A center) as a percentage of the parish's median income. Beginning in 2020, data are reported as the average cost for child care in a Type III  center as a percentage of the parish's median income.

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 and median household income data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program (SAIPE).


Because parish-level data are not available, the child care costs for each DCFS region was used as the denominator for all years except 2017. For the 2017 survey, data are reported according to each parish's zone (urban versus nonurban), which was the smallest geography made publicly available.

Updated January 7, 2022.

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January 2022