Child Care Industry Information

We have selected a short, but interesting list of statistics and observations from the U.S. and Canada

Our extensive research found that Canada and the United States, although different in some ways, share very similar markets and very similar levels of regulation for child care. The research told us what we already believed, that working parents during times of even slow economic growth require high-quality child care for their children.

US child care statistics


Children who attend daycare are typically from 6 months to 5 years old; The rapid increase in the workforce participation of mothers over the last 40 years and more has produced high levels of demand for all types of child care and has led to persistent shortages of licensed child care services; Since 2000, improving and expanding programs and services for young children has been a joint priority for all governments in Canada; By 2003, over 50% of children had been in some form of child care; In 2011 More than 70% of mothers with children 0-5 are in the paid labour force, yet there are regulated child care spaces for only about 20% of their children.

US child care statistics


3.99 million births per year; 2.3 million American children under age five are in daycare centers; More than 11 million children younger than age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting; 14.4 million children in the United States are in some form of child care arrangement and fees for these services have been rising steadily over the past several years; Children who receive high-quality care, either at home or outside, are ready to succeed in school, showing a reduced need for special education programs and increased graduation rates; Top-line revenue gains for the industry have been in the 10% range since 1999; In 2007, the child care industry was valued at nearly $40 billion; It is estimated that America spent $58.6 Billion on child care in 2009—a combination of federal funding from Head Start, Block Grants and other programs, and household expenditures. Receipts are forecast to grow by 5.4% yearly, to $71 Billion in 2013. Receipts have had no declines in 22 years even during recession; In 2010, 65% of mothers with children under the age of 6 were in the labor force.

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