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Map: The average cost for child care by state

Child care is one of the highest budget items for a family and Massachusetts is among the least affordable states with an annual cost of $16,430, according to Child Care Aware of America. The group advocates for a high quality child care system and gathers and analyzes child care data. Compared against the state median income for married couples, Massachusetts is the fourth least-affordable state for center-based infant care in the country.

This map shows the average annual cost of center-based infant care. Browse the table below for specific numbers.

  • Less than $8,280
  • $8,280 to $11,700
  • $11,700 to $15,100
  • $15,100 to $18,530
  • $18,530 or more

Source: Child Care Aware of America

2012 Average Annual Cost of Full-Time Care [data]   
StateInfant 4-Year-OldSchool-Age
Alabama$5,467.00 $5,785.00 $5,148.00
Alaska$10,338.00 $7,655.00 $5,636.00
Arizona$8,671.00 $7,398.00 $6,198.00
Arkansas$5,894.00 $5,011.00 $5,909.00
California$12,068.00 $8,407.00 $2,792.00
Colorado$12,736.00 $9,619.00 $5,177.00
Connecticut$12,973.00 $10,692.00 $5,421.00
Delaware$8,928.00 $7,104.00 $6,447.00
District of Columbia$21,948.00 $16,908.00 $13,211.00
Florida$8,299.00 $6,571.00 $3,822.00
Georgia$7,228.00 $6,234.00 $5,742.00
Hawaii$12,473.00 $8,172.00 $8,904.00
Idaho$6,969.00 $6,134.00 $3,969.00
Illinois$12,697.00 $9,261.00 $5,877.00
Indiana$8,073.00 $6,448.00 $5,759.00
Iowa$9,053.00 $7,790.00 $4,325.00
Kansas$10,518.00 $7,499.00 $6,741.00
Kentucky$6,105.00 $6,007.00 $5,389.00
Louisiana$5,574.00 $4,812.00 $1,070.00
Maine$9,360.00 $8,320.00 $4,368.00
Maryland$13,055.00 $9,097.00 $5,893.00
Massachusetts$16,430.00 $12,176.00 $4,378.00
Michigan$10,114.00 $7,930.00 $4,576.00
Minnesota$13,876.00 $10,664.00 NR
Mississippi$4,863.00 $4,312.00 $3,026.00
Missouri$8,320.00 $5,772.00 $3,654.00
Montana$8,475.00 $7,518.00 $5,301.00
Nebraska$7,797.00 $6,518.00 $4,417.00
Nevada$9,608.00 $7,687.00 $4,980.00
New Hampshire$11,730.00 $9,484.00 $4,172.00
New Jersey$10,949.00 $9,170.00 $4,007.00
New Mexico$7,360.00 $6,475.00 $3,261.00
New York$14,939.00 $12,355.00 $11,690.00
North Carolina$8,868.00 $7,501.00 $4,298.00
North Dakota$8,021.00 $7,109.00 NR
Ohio$8,482.00 $6,919.00 $4,664.00
Oklahoma$7,480.00 $5,610.00 $3,195.00
Oregon$13,452.00 $10,200.00 $5,028.00
Pennsylvania$10,319.00 $8,601.00 $5,520.00
Rhode Island$12,075.00 $10,138.00 $5,971.00
South Carolina$6,280.00 $5,308.00 $2,189.00
South Dakota$6,071.00 $5,781.00 $3,744.00
Tennessee$5,857.00 $4,515.00 $2,451.00
Texas$8,495.00 $6,547.00 $3,119.00
Utah$7,860.00 $6,024.00 $5,280.00
Vermont$9,958.00 $9,223.00 $3,998.00
Virginia$10,028.00 $7,855.00 $5,614.00
Washington$12,108.00 $9,240.00 $5,412.00
WestVirginia$7,961.00 $6,900.00 $6,635.00
Wisconsin$9,939.00 $8,413.00 $7,893.00
Wyoming$9,100.00 $7,800.00 $7,800.00

Andrew Ba Tran, Globe Staff

State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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