Child Care Market Rate Survey Project: Oregon Resource and Referral Administrative Data Update, 2006 (ICPSR 23261)

Published: Dec 16, 2010

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


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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.

Grobe, Deana, Pratt, Clara C., and Weber, Roberta B. Child Care Market Rate Survey Project: Oregon Resource and Referral Administrative Data Update, 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-12-16.

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

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2005 (September - December)

2006 (January)

Data were downloaded from the Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network in January 2006.

The local Resource and Referral conducted phone calls to update price and other data.

All child care providers in Oregon who charge for their service and are available to care for community children.

child care slots (number of children by age group)


administrative records data

87 percent



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