The Impact of COVID on Illinois’ Licensed Child Care Capacity

Affordable, high-quality child care is often difficult for parents to find. Illinois is no exception. Child Care Aware reports that the average monthly price of full-time child care was $821 per child in child care or 15% of the median household income for a family with children under 6 in 2020. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that access and affordability issues long pre-date COVID and are due to “generations of underinvestment in the care economy.

This Policy Spotlight on child care assesses the impact of COVID on child care capacity in Illinois.

April 19, 2023