California’s Childcare Costs by County

Few things in life are as expensive as raising a kid. The cost of childcare is a big chunk of that expense -- to the tune of about $1,110 a month, according to the latest figures. So how do you get the most bang for your buck when placing your child into daycare? For starters, pick the right county.

The Sacramento Bee has broken down childcare costs by county in California. It’s a great tool for the struggling moms and dads out there trying to navigate the already difficult world of parenthood while trying not to vomit at the sight of typical nursing school tuition fees.

According to the Bee, the average California family spent $13,300 on daycare in 2014. Prices were highest in Bay Area counties like Napa, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and even further south in Santa Barbara. These counties saw average childcare costs top $15,000.


The analysis is based on figures from the Child Care Resource and Referral Network.