Skip to content

The Facts

Access to high quality, affordable child and out-of-school care is key to supporting child development, school readiness, and the economic security of households. Yet for most New York City families, finding affordable care for their children is unattainable.

  • More than


    with a child under 5 cannot afford childcare

  • Nearly

    4 out of 5

    families cannot afford out-of-school care for children 6 to 12

  • Some families in The Bronx and Brooklyn might pay up to


    of their annual income on childcare or out-of-school care

Navigate the timeline below to see how the cost of childcare for the average NYC family balloons in the first six years of their children’s lives.

Cumulative Cost:

Note: This chart displays costs for home-based care settings which are generally less expensive than center-based child care. The cost estimates for school-age children are derived from setting categories provided in the 2022 Market Rate Survey. Afterschool and youth programs in New York City will not necessarily be identified by this distinction.

Read the last report from Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York exploring the child care affordability crisis for children with families.

Read the Report