Having worked childcare/preschools in Kansas at several places, I would say that is just about average price for 2 year olds there.
I don't know about percetages of salary, I haven't worked since being a mom.
HollyBearsMom at one school I taught we had a family who had recently moved from Boston. In Janurary we always raised tuition, and I hated handing out those letters, but the mom from Boston was so nice about it
, having paid some crazy amount like $1500 for part time.
So from the few areas I know about I would have to agree that Boston has some of the highest child care rates.
mirlee at all of the places I have worked at tuition decreases as you get older. It takes so many less teachers for a room of toddlers than infants and even less for preschoolers. For Lawrence,KS infant care (by kansas law until they are at least 1 and walking well) is usually in the $600's, toddler care (until at least 2 1/2 and often potty trained too) in the $500's, and preschool in the $400's (of course then sometimes you run into more expensive private schools).