The average cost for infant child care in Pennsylvania is about $11,800 per year, and the average cost of care for a four-year-old is over $9,700. That means child care is, on average, as expensive or more expensive than the average rent or mortgage payment each month.
Vouchers or subsidies allow employers to help defray some of these costs and access high-quality care. Employers can give vouchers directly to employees or to preferred child care providers. Through subsidies, employers reserve a designated number of slots with local child care providers and can choose to offer financial support to employees who use those slots to help offset the costs.
Vouchers and subsidies can also support local child care providers by offering a stable revenue stream, thereby helping the business stay sustainable or even grow.