Infographic | June 2, 2021

The Infant-Toddler Child Care Crisis Inflicts Economic Damage Across the Nation

What is the impact in your state?

ReadyNation’s study examining the economic impacts of the nation’s infant-and-toddler child care crisis on working parents, employers, and taxpayers found an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue.

Using data on the proportion of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and population each state represents, ReadyNation derived an estimate of the economic impact of the infant-and-toddler child care crisis in each state.

See the map below for the estimate for your state. For more information or media inquiries, contact

Key to child care crisis cost map

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Cite data with proper attribution: ReadyNation (2019, January). Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.

Note: Color coding reflects differences in absolute (not relative) costs. Due to the method of deriving the cost estimates (i.e., multiplying each state’s percentage of the national GDP by the total national $57B impact) the estimated costs for each state is relative to its GDP.

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