Definition: Estimated percentage of children with parents in the labor force for whom licensed child care is available and unavailable. Figures for 2000-2008 cover children ages 0-13, but 2010-2014 figures cover children ages 0-12.
Footnote: Data are calculated using California Child Care Resource & Referral Network data and state Dept. of Finance population estimates and projections. This indicator uses a broad estimate of child care demand. Not all children with working parents need licensed care; some may be cared for by family members, nannies, friends, or unlicensed care. Use caution in interpreting trends over time because methods of estimating the child population vary across years.