Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Availability of Quality Child Care

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.

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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.

Data Source: California Child Care Resource & Referral Network , and Child Action, Inc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:46