Many parents in the U.S. look for high-quality child care and early education (CCEE) to ensure their children’s safety and development and fully participate in the labor market. To meet that demand, there must be an adequate supply of CCEE services within the geographic reach of these families. To assess the alignment between CCEE supply and demand broadly, this chartbook looks at the relative geographic distribution of children and CCEE providers in 2019 and 2012 with data from the nationally representative 2019 NSECE and 2012 NSECE. It also describes the distribution of children’s participation in center-based care and several types of home-based care by urbanicity, poverty density, and other community characteristics. Lastly, it describes how the relative distribution of children in different kinds of CCEE diverged, converged, or stayed the same over time by different types of communities. (author abstract)
Chartbook: Geographic distribution of children and child care and early education providers in 2012 and 2019
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