Child Care Market Rate Survey Project: Mail Survey of Oregon Facilities, 2006 (ICPSR 23260)

Principal Investigator(s): Grobe, Deana, Oregon State University


Starting with the Family Support Act of 1988, requirements for federal funding stipulate that child care subsidy rates be informed by market rates. In 1990 the federal government began a major investment in child care with the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. Support of parental choice was a key component of this new block grant program that sent new money to states to support child care. Parental choice and state control of policy remained central when the program was expanded in 1996 as a part of welfare reform legislation. At that time, child care funding became known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).

States are required by the CCDF Final Rule to ensure that families receiving child care assistance have equal access to comparable care purchased by private-paying parents. A market rate survey (MRS) is a tool States use to achieve this program objective. Some States conduct surveys to collect the child care market rate and others use administrative data, such as data collected by child care resource and referral (CCR&R) and State licensing agencies, to analyze the market rate for child care.

This survey was one strategy used to collect child care market price data. Comparing findings garnered from different methods allows one to evaluate whether different data collection methods produce different price findings (convergent validity) and how well these data collection methods represent the child care market (criterion-related validity). These data can also be used to explore several validity issues of concern with market price studies.

The major areas of investigation in this survey include child care prices by type of care, geographic location, and price mode (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly). Other areas of investigation include capacity by age group, additional fees facilities charge, whether they care for subsidized children, and what affects the prices that they charge parents.

Series: Child Care Market Rate Survey Series

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  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    Users are reminded that these data are to be used solely for statistical reporting and analysis, and not for the investigation of specific facilities. To protect respondent privacy, the public-use and restricted-use versions of the data differ in the amount of geographic detail provided. The Restricted-Use Version contains the variables COUNTY and ZIPCODE while the Public-Use Version does not.

    Access to parts of this study requires a signed User Agreement. To obtain the file(s), researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of the Restricted Data Use Agreement, found via ICPSR's online Restricted Data Contracting System, by clicking the "apply online for access to the data" link above.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Grobe, Deana. Child Care Market Rate Survey Project: Mail Survey of Oregon Facilities, 2006. ICPSR23260-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-02-05.

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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:    child care, Child Care and Development Fund, costs, infants, market rate surveys, preschool children, toddlers

Geographic Coverage:    Oregon, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006 (April - June)

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006 (April - June)

Unit of Observation:    facility, child care slots (number of children by age group)

Universe:    Facilities that were providing care for any children other than their own, on a regular paying basis.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Design:    Mail survey with separate surveys for family and center facilities.

Sample:    Stratified random sample by geographic region (regions A, B, and C) and by facility type (family child care and center, including large family child care).

Weight:    Sample and population weights are included in the data file. Please consult the Codebook for a more in-depth explanation of the weighting procedure and the specific formulas that were used for each of the weights.

Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire

Response Rates:    66 percent

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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2009-03-05

Version History:

  • 2010-12-16 The Restricted Data Use Agreement has been updated.
  • 2010-02-05 The Restricted Data Use Agreement was updated.
  • 2009-06-18 The Restricted Data Use Agreement has been added.

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