Child Care Costs

Annual Average Child Care Costs, by Care Center Type and Age Group

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, San Francisco, and California

Data Source:

California Department of Education


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data is from the California Department of Education via and the 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey of California Child Care Providers, prepared by ICF Macro. Child care centers are facilities that provide care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and/or school-age children during all or part of the day. Family Child Care Homes are child care centers located in the home of a licensed provider, and have no more than 14 children in total. Infants include children under 2 years old. Preschoolers include children ages 2 to 5. Silicon Valley is calculated as the average of Santa Clara and San Mateo County child care costs. Child care costs have been inflation-adjusted and are reported in 2016 dollars, using the Bay Area consumer price index for all urban consumers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco data, and the California consumer price index for all urban consumers from the California Department of Finance May Revision Forecast (April 2017) for California data.

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