Footnote: A child care slot is a space for one child in a child care center or family child care home. However, due to shortages of qualified staff and other issues, many licensed providers do not fill all of their slots. In these cases, the number of slots actually is greater than the number of spaces available in a facility. As a result, the number of slots likely overestimates the quantity of child care that is actually available. Child care centers are facilities that provide care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and/or school-age children during all or part of the day. These facilities may be large or small and can be operated independently by nonprofit organizations or by churches, school districts, or other organizations. Most are licensed by the California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS). In family child care homes, care is offered in the home of the provider, often a parent; care is typically provided for children of a variety of ages. Data for some counties are not available and are listed as N/A.