As of 2014, center-based daycare in the United States costs an average of $11,666 per year, or $972 a month. Care for children in the baby or toddler stages typically costs more than that for children in the preschool stage, explains BabyCenter.

The exact costs of daycare are based on location, the age of the child and the number of hours a week the child is in daycare. In major cities, such as San Francisco and Boston, the cost of daycare averages $2,000 a month for infants. The states with the most expensive daycare are Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin, while the states with the most inexpensive daycare are Mississippi, Kentucky and South Carolina.