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Variation in access within communities


This is the view of the map where you can find out three different dimensions of childcare access (quantity, cost, quality) in your community (on the top left box). On this map, you can see roughly where families with young children tend to live. Dots on the map are distributed approximately where such families live with about 4 families represented by each dot. Actual family locations are not shown, only simulated locations. But dots are densely packed in areas where many families with young children live and sparse in areas where few live. Each dot’s color expresses if families in that location have better access to child care slots (darker blue) or worse access (darker red). Families prefer having more slots at nearer by providers and fewer other families competing for those slots. This focus on quantity of nearby care is one aspect of better access. (author abstract)

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