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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | Aug. 26, 2010

Child Care Availability Falling Short of Potential Demand in CA

Despite a roughly 20 percent increase between 2000 and 2008 in licensed child care facilities and the number of slots within those facilities, licensed child care was available for only 27 percent of California children ages 0-13 with working parents. These are among the key findings from newly available child care data on kidsdata.org. Find more details in a related blog post, Tough Economy May Threaten CA Child Care Supply.

Not all working parents require licensed child care, but the potential demand for child care still far outweighs supply in California. Finding licensed care that’s accessible and affordable can be a major challenge for parents, especially during an economic downturn. High-quality child care is integral to children’s well being; it can support their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, serving as a foundation for early learning experiences.

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