Child Care Market Rate Survey Practices and Policies of States, Territories, and Tribes, 2005-2006 (ICPSR 21402)

Principal Investigator(s): Groebe, Deana, Oregon State University; Pratt, Clara C., Oregon State University; Weber, Roberta B., Oregon State University


The primary objective of this study was to describe current market rate survey methods, practices, and policies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories, and the 28 Native American tribes that conduct their own market rate survey. A market rate survey is a tool to collect up-to-date information on what facilities, within given geographic areas, charge parents for various types of child care. A second objective was to identify the validity issues that emerge from this comparison of current market rate survey practices.

Variables are organized under six specific functions representing the market rate survey process. These were: (1) administration/organization of the market rate survey, (2) facility population and sample, (3) data collection, (4) data analysis, (5) dissemination of the results, and (6) rate setting policy.

Series: Child Care Market Rate Survey Series

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DS1:  Market Rate Survey Data - Download All Files (2.696 MB)
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DS2:  Market Rate Survey Open-Ended Responses Data - Download All Files (3.16 MB)
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DS3:  Market Rate Survey Qualitative Data - Download All Files (3.56 MB)
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DS4:  Market Rate Survey Merged Data - Download All Files (4.68 MB)
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Study Description


Groebe, Deana, Clara C. Pratt, and Roberta B. Weber. Child Care Market Rate Survey Practices and Policies of States, Territories, and Tribes, 2005-2006. ICPSR21402-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-13.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Child Care Bureau (#90YE0075)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   after school programs, child care, Child Care and Development Fund, Market rate surveys

Geographic Coverage:   American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States

Time Period:  

  • 2005--2006

Date of Collection:  

  • 2005--2006

Unit of Observation:   state, territory, or tribe

Universe:   The 50 states and the District of Columbia, five territories, and 28 Native American tribes that indicated they had completed their own market rate survey since 2001.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Users should note that, due to limitations in SAS and Stata, the open-ended and qualitative data are available in SPSS and Microsoft Excel formats only.


Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted self interview (CASI), self-enumerated questionnaire, web-based survey

Response Rates:   Surveys describing each aspect of the market rate survey process were completed by 46 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for a response rate of 47 out of 51 (92 percent). Two states chose not to participate, and two did not respond after mulitple contacts. One territory completed the survey, and two provided anecdotal information about how they conducted their market rate survey. Two territories did not respond to the survey after multiple contacts. Of the 28 tribes who conducted their own market rate survey, five completed the Phase 2 survey on their market rate survey practices. Tribes typically have small numbers of child care facilities and because of this we believed the survey was not relevant to the tribes who did not respond. Therefore, each of these tribes (23 in total) were called and qualitative data was collected on how they conducted their market rate survey.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2009-02-13 Variables "Start" and "End" removed from codebook.



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