The real costs of child care in America

States are buying into the idea of helping providers buy and run software to assist with management needs. New Mexico recently partnered with Wonderschool to use its technology platform to assist child care providers, especially small centers and family providers.

Washington state providers told InvestigateWest about other ways in addition to looking at staff ratios and scale that governments could further assist them:

To help with what one child care company executive called “astronomically unaffordable” real estate prices, cities or counties could designate some commercial locations as low-rent, highly subsidized properties for nonprofit child care providers. The state’s Early Learning Facilities program already offers grants or very low-interest loans to

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