Childcare seats are disappearing across Los Angeles County and action is needed now. A 10% budget cut may seem minimal but for childcare providers this may eliminate 59% of seats for low income families. Learn more

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Child care seats
Percent decrease if funds are cut

10% Cut to funding

12% of seats lost

20% Cut to funding

23% of seats lost

30% Cut to funding

30% of seats lost

Child care seats for
low income families

Percent decrease if funds are cut

10% Cut to funding

59% of seats lost

20% Cut to funding

79% of seats lost

30% Cut to funding

85% of seats lost

Cuts might be more harmful than you might expect.

A 10% funding cut will eliminate 59% of seats for low income families.

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"This is the first time in 8 years that the children I serve are all subsidized. If cuts continue not only will I be forced to close my business, but these families will lose a valuable resource."

María Sra León, Child Care Provider

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Loss of Early Education Opportunities, 2008–2011

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Between 2008 and 2011, 1,400 (15%) licensed homes ceased providing child care and development services resulting in a loss of 11,200 family care spaces throughout the County. This map indicates the gain or loss in numbers of licensed family child care homes and child care centers during this time.

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On Average, there are seats available for every 100 children between the age of 0 to 3 years old for ().

Darker areas represent fewer seats (and therefore greater need), lighter areas represent more seats.

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Age 3-5

On Average, there are seats available for every 100 children between the age of 3 to 5 years old for ().

Darker areas represent fewer seats (and therefore greater need), lighter areas represent more seats.

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Age 0-5

On Average, there are seats available for every 100 children between the age of 0 to 5 years old for ().

Darker areas represent fewer seats (and therefore greater need), lighter areas represent more seats.

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News & Updates

2.28.13

Sequestration and the impact on our children

If the federal government does not come to agreement on a new budget deal by March 1st, sequestration would go into effect and cause cuts to Head Start programming. Head Start programs provide early childhood educational opportunities to the neediest children and their families.

Head Start programs provide early childhood educational opportunities to the neediest children and their families. Sequestration could cause around 6,000 children to lose their Head Start seat.

7.25.12

Parents, Educators Oppose Cuts to Early Learning Programs

Parents, education officials and children’s advocates gathered Monday at an Eagle Rock early learning center to oppose further cuts to development programs for California’s youngest and neediest pupils.

Faced with persistent budget shortfalls, state legislators have trimmed about $1.2 billion from subsidized child care and early childhood education programs since 2008, resulting in the loss of slots for some 100,000 children, according to figures provided by the Advancement Project, a civil rights advocacy group.

7.25.12

Shrinking Investments Yield Smaller Returns

Amidst the politics of austerity, California has made staggering cuts to the early care and education sector, resulting in lost opportunities for children to be educated, parents to continue working, and members of the early care and education workforce to remain employed and contributing to the state's economic recovery.

During the Great Recession from 2008–2011, the State cut funding for early care and education programs by $1.2 billion, resulting in the loss of access to vital early education programs for over 100,000 children across the state.

About the Data

  • Los Angeles County ISD/Urban Research (2009)
  • The Community Care Licensing data base for Los Angeles County (capacity and zip code fields) (2011) (2008)
  • A survey of subsidized spaces/sites completed May 2011 by the Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee LACOE, Head Start, and LAUP. (2011)
  • The CDE 801 aggregate report for Los Angeles County. (2010)
  • U.S. Census Bureau (2010)

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