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Michigan’s child care market rates: An analysis of costs for quality child care for the child development and care subsidy program [Executive summary]


The 2020 market rate survey included a survey of the universe of 6,896 licensed child care providers known to be open across the state. Providers received a postcard announcing the survey, an email invitation, and a mailed paper survey. Providers could complete the survey on paper, online, or over the telephone. The response rate to the survey was 44% overall, which represents a significant improvement over the 29% response rate from the 2017 survey. This survey asked about the number of children providers were able to serve (capacity), how many children were in care, tuition rates, and other relevant fees and policies. Due to the fact that this research was conducted during the pandemic, the survey also addressed special cost considerations associated with COVID-19. In addition, Public Policy Associates conducted in-depth interviews with 24 providers and analyzed the cost to provide care using a variety of extant data and the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (author abstract)

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