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About the Care Index

The Care Index is a data and methodology collaboration between New America, Care.com, and others, and offers a first-of- its-kind series of insights into the cost, quality, and availability of child care in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Care Index examined cost, quality, and availability data in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and found that no single state does well in all three categories. Instead, families, providers, and policymakers in every state make difficult compromises that often shape family decisions and can determine the course of children’s futures.

Explore the Care Index here.

In addition to the data and methodology collaboration of the Care Index, New America issued the New America Care Report, which includes independent analysis, data visualizations, policy recommendations, and editorial and video narratives documenting real-life experiences of parents, child care providers, advocates, and policymakers in Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. The Care Report can be found here.