FISCAL MODELING STUDIES
The map below displays where fiscal mapping, cost modeling, or revenue and expense modeling studies have been completed and are available online. Clicking on a highlighted state will take you to the relevant study.
Please note, only publicly available studies are included in this map. Your state or community might have commissioned a study, but if it was not published it will not be displayed on the map. If you have any additions or edits to the map, please let us know so that this can be a complete resource for everyone.
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FISCAL MODELING TOOLS
Several online tools have been developed to support states and communities to conduct fiscal modeling. The resources below include tools to estimate the cost of child care and preschool, as well as staffed family child care networks.
For more information on how to use these tools to complete a fiscal modeling project, please review the NCIT/CAP fiscal modeling toolkit via the button below. For more information on the process of cost modeling to inform policy, please review the P5FS guide via the button below.
PROVIDE COST OF QUALITY CALCULATOR
The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator, or PCQC, is provided by the U.S. Office of Child Care to estimate the cost of child care in a center or family-home that meets different quality standards. The tool can integrate both expenses and revenues and displays results at the program level.
COST OF PRESCHOOL QUALITY & REVENUE CALCULATOR
The CPQ&R is an Excel-based tool, developed by CEELO, to help users determine costs and funding sources related to implementing high-quality preschool programs. The CPQ&R can inform funding allocations by estimating costs of expansion and quality enhancements to identify trade-offs on quality and access associated with different pre-K policy options.
STAFFED FCC NETWORK COST ESTIMATION TOOL
The Family Child Care Network Cost Estimation Tool (CET) is designed to assist State, regional and local organizations in better understanding the costs associated with operating a staffed family child care network. The CET can be used to estimate the operating costs for states and communities for services offered by a staffed FCC network.
COST OF CHILD CARE
This tool from the Center for American Progress was developed to help increase understanding of why child care costs what it does, when teachers make so little. The interactive includes state defaults and users can modify 8 different quality elements. Updated in 2021 to include Family Child Care home settings.
THE COST OF CHILD CARE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Child care providers face significant additional costs providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This tool from the Center for American Progress lets users estimate the fiscal impact of the necessary health and safety requirements related to operating during the pandemic.
WEBINAR: USING COST ESTIMATION TO INFORM POLICY
This webinar from February 2022 walks through the process of creating a cost estimation model, and discusses how the results can be used to inform policy.