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Childcare is an essential part of working life. Parents who have small children need them to be taken care of while they’re at work, and ideally, they want their kids to be in a place that will help them learn and grow in a healthy, constructive way. 

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Childcare holds a crucial position in American life as it supports and facilitates the manifold dimensions of parents' and children's lives. For numerous working families, it allows parents to maintain employment, contribute meaningfully to the economy, and achieve financial security. The availability of dependable childcare ensures a consistent environment where children can be safely nurtured while parents fulfill their professional responsibilities. It promotes greater work-life balance and reduces the stress associated with juggling parenting and career.

Additionally, quality childcare has significant positive impacts on children’s social, cognitive and emotional development. In structured childcare settings, children obtain crucial early learning experiences, gain social skills through interactions with peers, and develop independence. Attending to the developmental needs during these early, formative years is critical to setting children up for future academic and life success. Thus, childcare is not simply a necessity, but an investment in the next generation. 

Care.com has come up with a list of each state ranked by their respective degrees of childcare cost, quality, and availability. Based on a rigorous methodology, they show how each state differs when it comes to childcare and, ultimately, which states are the best. There are pros and cons for most states; for instance, the state of Connecticut has great quality and availability but with a higher cost, while South Carolina has higher quality but with higher cost and lower availability. This list will give you a solid idea of which states fare the best and worst when it comes to childcare: 


 

 

Rank

State

Cost

Quality

Availability

1.

Connecticut

24

2

2

2.

New Hampshire

2

14

3

3.

Massachusetts

39

3

1

4.

Rhode Island

10

25

4

5.

Minnesota

4

4

23

6.

Vermont

18

10

5

7.

Maryland

7

15

12

8.

Maine

11

17

9

9.

New Jersey

20

38

6

10.

Hawaii

8

1

49

11.

Virginia

12

26

10

12.

Wyoming

3

5

44

13.

Delaware

14

39

7

14.

Pennsylvania

21

19

13

15.

Iowa

6

9

34

16.

North Dakota

1

49

24

17.

Colorado

25

27

16

18.

Georgia

31

13

14

19.

Florida

30

18

15

20.

Missouri

22

16

27

21.

Nebraska

5

48

28

22.

Michigan

19

43

18

23.

Wisconsin

15

40

22

24.

South Carolina

34

7

20

25.

North Carolina

40

12

11

26.

Idaho

9

11

46

27.

Oregon

29

29

25

28.

Illinois

37

28

17

29.

Washington

33

33

19

30.

Montana

17

41

32

31.

Texas

16

45

38

32.

Indiana

36

6

33

33.

Arkansas

28

24

42

34.

California

32

31

31

35.

Kansas

27

35

36

36.

South Dakota

23

32

45

37.

Alabama

41

8

29

38.

Utah

13

37

48

39.

New York

45

42

8

40.

Ohio

35

47

21

41.

Arizona

38

30

43

42.

Louisiana

44

22

40

43.

Kentucky

42

34

30

44.

Tennessee

47

21

26

45.

Alaska

26

46

50

46.

Oklahoma

43

44

39

47.

Nevada

48

36

41

48.

New Mexico

46

20

47

49.

Mississippi

49

23

35

50.

West Virginia

50

50

37

 

Ultimately, childcare is one of many considerations when choosing a place to live, but especially for those with children, it’s an important one to keep in mind. And for those who plan to stay where they currently live, it’s still crucial to understand the quality of childcare in one’s current area in order to better prepare for the future. By weighing the pros and cons of each state’s childcare offerings, one can come to better understand whether one should choose to live there.

 

Edited by: Ben Thompson

 

 


Learn about the author: Ben Thompson