Children need adult supervision and quality care in a safe and nurturing environment. For parents who are working or enrolled in school or a training program, child care can be essential. Over the past few years, Sacramento County has experienced a decrease in the number and capacity of child care providers, particularly in family child care homes, generally relied upon for infant, toddler, and non-traditional hour care.
Why is this important?
- High quality child care and development services provide children with both security and stimulating learning opportunities.
- High quality child care improves children's readiness for kindergarten and school success both cognitively and socially, lowering remedial and special education costs.
How are we doing?
- In Sacramento County the number of child care providers, and thus the spaces for children, in both centers and family child care homes has decreased.
- Between 2006 and 2012 Family Child Care Homes decreased by more than 1,200 (44%) providers, and the total capacity (child care spaces) decreased by 40%, a loss of 10,288 spaces for children.
- The total number of child care spaces has decreased by 20% since 2006.