2022 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey
In this year’s 2022 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey report, explore the rates charged to the general public (or the “market rate”) for child care between September 2021 and April 2022. The report summarizes child care market rate data for the entire state of Texas and each of its 28 local workforce development areas during this time period.
Every year, the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin undertake the Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey as contracted by the Texas Workforce Commission.
In this 2022 report, as was done in recent years, market rates for child care are estimated using a combination of survey data and TWC administrative records data on published rates of providers who accept subsidies. Three types of child care facilities were surveyed between September 2021 and April 2022: licensed child care centers, registered homes and licensed homes.
A major new feature of this 2022 report, in comparison to prior years, is the adoption of a new child age scheme, more detailed than the traditional Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and School-age scheme used previously. The new scheme utilizes eight age groups, as mandated by recent legislation1 , to characterize rates charged for child care. In some limited areas of the report, it was necessary to characterize rates using the old scheme.