Unsubsidized Child Care Remains Unaffordable to Median Income New Hampshire Families with Two Children

According to the most recently available data in 2022, the average annual price for an infant and four-year-old child in center-based child care in New Hampshire was $28,340. For the 2018-2022 period, median income married-couple families in New Hampshire would have needed to spend 20 percent of their household income on child care for an infant and four-year-old child, while single male and female householders would have needed to spend 41 percent and 61 percent, respectively. These percentages are based on households not receiving subsidized care through the New Hampshire Child Care Scholarship Program. To meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ definition of affordable child care, which is 7 percent of a household’s income, a Granite State family with these two children would need to earn an annual household income of $404,857.