Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts

This new report by the Center for American Progress analyzes and maps the locations of licensed child care centers in 22 states, finding that over half of Americans live in "child care deserts" without affordable or convenient access to proper child care options.

The Early Childhood Workforce Index

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley recently published this report establishing and tracking the general state and economics of the early childhood-care and education industry in all 50 states. The report has found that those employed in this sector (mostly careworkers and educators) are woefully underpaid and underfunded by insufficient policy at all levels of government, thus "undermining early learning for millions of children."

Child Care Costs Have Become Huge Burden to Families

Families whose income is double the poverty level — $39,580 for a family of three — would still find such costs prohibitive.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines 10 percent of income as the affordable level for child care.