2024 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) partnered with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources (RMC) to undertake the 2024 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey. Each year, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) contracts the survey as part of an annual project.

This report summarizes child care market rate data for the entire state of Texas. The report includes data from each of its 28 local workforce development areas (LWDAs). Researchers included the most recent child age scheme, developed in 2022, in this report. This scheme is more detailed than the traditional Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and School-age scheme used prior to 2022. Instead, it utilizes eight age groups to characterize rates charged for child care. In some limited areas of the report, researchers found it necessary to characterize rates using the older scheme.

In this 2024 report, researchers estimate market rates for child care using survey data and TWC administrative records data on published rates of providers who accept subsidies. Researchers surveyed three types of child care facilities between September 2023 and May 2024: licensed child care centers, registered homes and licensed homes. In the survey, licensed and registered homes are grouped together, but separated for analysis.

2024 Texas Child Care Market Rate Survey Final Report (PDF)
Report Appendix (PDF)
Supplemental Report (PDF)