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 will add more story maps throughout the year. Stay tuned for updates!


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


Families in Alaska face tremendous gaps in child care supply – especially families with infants/toddlers.


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 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.

Our first story maps feature Massachusetts and Alaska.


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!

Are you a state child care leader who’s interested in learning more about how you can share your unique story using our exclusive mapping capabilities?

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