Tracking child care supply is critical to understanding how our child care system is functioning. In order to provide this critical data, Child Care Aware® of America releases its Annual Child Care Landscape Analysis. The goal of the Annual Child Care Landscape Analysis is to help child care advocates and policymakers easily understand the child care supply in their states. This year, the Landscape Analysis includes the following information, by state: Number of licensed child care centers and family child care (FCC) homes open at the end of 2019, 2020 and 2021; Number of licensed school-age child care programs open at the end of 2021; Total licensed capacity for centers, FCCs, and school-age child care programs at the end of 2021; Number of programs participating in quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), along with the total capacity of these programs; Total number and licensed capacity of programs rated at the highest level of the state’s QRIS; Total number of child care referrals provided to families by child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies. (author abstract)
Annual child care landscape analysis: 2021 supply and quality trends
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