Baby love: Rising per capita disposable income and birth rates will drive industry growth

The Day Care industry provides day care to infants and children in addition to preschool services. Industry operators are mostly private and rely primarily on tuition paid by parents and funding from the government, which attempts to alleviate the cost on low-income households. Over the five years to 2018, industry revenue has grown as a result of sustained low unemployment, increased disposable income, an increase in the number of births and in federal spending on social services. Growth was only slightly tempered by a marginal decrease in the number of women participating in the workforce. Over the five years to 2023, revenue growth for the industry is expected to slow...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry will continue to grow despite a projected decrease in federal funding for social services
  • An increase in the number of births and in federal funding for social services have bolstered demand
  • Private spending will remain the primary driver of demand for industry services
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The dispersion of day care centers largely reflects variations in the geographic distribution of children. Geographic distribution is also influenced by the cost and supply of child care; labor, income and housing affordability patterns; and child care subsidy policies. In addition, varying state and local regulations and licensing requirements affect employment in the Day Care industry. Government agencies generally review, among other things, the ratio of staff-to-enrolled children. Overall, however, the spread of establishments in the United States closely follows that of the population. Hence the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and West contain the most industry establishments, while the Rocky Mountains (3.5%), Plains (7.5%) and New England (6.3%) hold the least...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Day Care Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Day Care Industry are

  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • Ability to vary services to suit different needs
  • Ability to alter mix of inputs in line with cost
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as National unemployment rate and Number of births in the Day Care industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Day Care Industry?

    Industry operators provide day care services for children, primarily those under the age of five. Industry operators may also run preschool programs that prepare three- and four-year-old children for kindergarten. However, kindergarten education and in-home nanny services are excluded from industry services.

    Industry Products
  • In-home day care
  • Center-based day care
  • Pre-primary grade instructional programs
  • Other services and programs
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing child and infant day care
  • Providing preschool programs
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • National unemployment rate
  • Number of births
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Federal funding for social services
  • Labor force participation rate of women

  • Current Performance
  • Day care landscape
  • Prices and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Private spending
  • Public spending
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Day Care Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Day Care Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Orphanages & Group Homes
  • Family Counseling & Crisis Intervention Services
  • Community Housing & Homeless Shelters
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Computer Stores
  • Food Service Contractors
  • Household Furniture Manufacturing
  • Janitorial Services
  • Toy, Doll & Game Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Center-based day care
  • Pre-primary grade instructional programs
  • Other services and programs
  • In-home day care
  • Chart: Day Care Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Family trends
  • Government assistance

  • Major Markets
  • Private payers
  • Government funding
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Day Care Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Day Care

  • Basis of Competition
  • Price and quality
  • Location of service

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Day Care Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Day Care Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Day Care Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Per capita disposable income (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Child-To-Staff Ratio
  • Legal ratio mandated under state law for child care centers for the maximum number of children per staff member.
  • Employer-Sponsored
  • A day-care service that a company provides its workers through a contract with a local day-care center or facility.
  • Occupancy Rate
  • The rate of available spots at a day-care center that are filled. A rate of at least 70.0% is necessary for a center to be profitable.
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