2013 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey

The Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI), in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources (RMC), has undertaken the 2013 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey as contracted by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This report summarizes child care market rate data for the entire state of Texas and for each of its 28 local workforce development areas (LWDAs). Three types of child care facilities were surveyed between August 2013 and January 2014: licensed child care centers, registered homes and licensed homes.

A comparison of the daily market rates reported in this 2013 survey to those observed in 2012 reveal several interesting trends that are evident on a statewide level. Overall, across facility types and age groups, median daily rates increased by about 5.2 percent during this period, or about $0.99 per day, when compared to 2012 median daily rates. This level of increase in market rates is well within the trend of typical annual rate increases of around five percent observed over the last nine years, but higher than the essentially stable rate trends that were observed from around 2009 to 2011.

Schwab, J., Schroeder, D., Faulkner, M., & Marra, L.  (2014). 2013 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey prepared for the Texas Workforce Commission.  Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin, Child and Family Research Institute, Ray Marshall Center.