Mapping the GapTM: Examining Child Care Supply & Demand Across the Country

States face various challenges in exploring child care supply and demand and directing precious resources to ensure accessibility to quality child care. Child Care Aware® of America partners directly with state child care leaders, using GIS technology, to share their unique stories via customized state story maps.

Each state has a very different supply and demand story to tell. Click on the images below to explore each state’s story and advocacy resources. We’ve added more story maps below. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the year!

If you’re interested in mapping the gap in your state, let us know! 

 

Mapping Infant and Toddler Supply and Demand

Each of our state partners in Alaska, Arizona, Delaware and Hawaii wanted to investigate supply and demand gaps in infant and toddler care in their states, in addition to mapping supply and demand for children age zero to five. From state to state, the age of infants and toddlers can be defined differently, and many states do not keep track of these slots separately from a program’s licensed capacity. Taking this into account, we worked with each state team to estimate the supply and demand for child care for children age birth to three. Check out each story map to learn more!

 

Maps

Alaska

Only 18 percent of infants and toddlers (1 in 5) have access to licensed child care.

Download County-Level Supplement (PDF)

Download Report Brief (PDF)

Hawaii

Of the more than 35,000 licensed child care slots in Hawaii, only 11% are available to infants and toddlers.

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Download Report Brief (PDF)

 

Delaware

In the Wilmington, Delaware suburbs, 50% of infants and toddlers have access to licensed child care, even with a recent increase in the number of new child care programs.

Download County-Level Supplement (PDF)

Download Report Brief (PDF)

Arizona

In Mohave County, Arizona, only 7% of infants and toddlers have access to licensed child care.

Download County-Level Supplement (PDF)

Download Report Brief (PDF)

Resources

 

 

Mapping Child Care Supply During Nontraditional Hours

 

Massachusetts

Working families in Massachusetts do not have access to licensed child care, particularly during nontraditional hours.

Download County-Level Supplement (PDF) MA Share Kit

 

 

Mapping the Supply of Quality

 

New Hampshire

2 in 5 children in working families in New Hampshire does not have access to licensed child care while their parents are at work.

Download County-Level Supplement (PDF) Download Report Brief (PDF) NH Share Kit

 

 

Mapping the Universe of Options

 

Minnesota

Minnesota faces a child care deficit of more than 80,000 licensed child care slots.

Download County-Level Supplement (PDF) Download Report Brief (PDF) MN Share Kit

Following the inaugural launch of our Child Care Deserts report in fall 2016, Child Care Aware® of America is working with several states to take a deeper look at and map their unique stories in our series on child care supply and demand mapping: Mapping the GapTM.  For each featured state, we explore and examine gaps in child care supply and demand, concentrations of CCDF voucher allocation, as well as an issue identified as a priority by states. The interactive story maps and resources above developed for each of the states are the result of collaboration between child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies, various state agencies and partners, and the CCAoA research and NDS teams.

Interested in Mapping Your State?

Child Care Aware® of America is committed to partnering with states to support their work and help them meet CCDBG requirements. These innovative story maps influence national discussions about child care and can be used as a tool to advocate for high-quality, affordable child care. Contact us to learn more about state-based mapping opportunities.



 

 

 

 

View the 2016 report here.

Looking for additional information and resources on this exciting initiative? Watch our “Mapping Your Child Care Matters” webinar recording, which provides a preview of the latest maps from Alaska and Massachusetts. We will also be adding more story maps throughout the year, so check back often for updates!

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