According to NJ Spotlight, the average annual cost of daycare for an infant in a licensed childcare center in New Jersey was almost $11,000 in 2013. The average cost of daycare for toddlers and preschoolers was approximately $9,200.
Daycare takes up approximately 24 percent of an average New Jersey family's income and up to 88 percent of the income of a family at the poverty level. Approximately 412,000 children in New Jersey live in single-parent households or homes where both parents work, but there are only about 277,000 daycare slots available in the state. Approximately 52,000 children in New Jersey attend state-funded preschools.