Child Care Issues by the Numbers

  1. Just 38 states require licensed child care providers to report fatalities to state officials. Child care centers in 12 states and home-based providers in 11 states are not required to report fatalities. There is also no federal reporting requirement.
  2. 4 to 1 staffing ratio: National standards recommend that there be one care provider for every four children aged 13 to 30 months. Ratios increase as the age of the children increases.
  3. Costs vary by location, but parents can anticipate paying $972 per month on average for a baby or toddler at a day care center, and $650 per month for home day care.