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New Report: Child Care Crisis for Parents in L.A. County

Study finds an extreme gap between the number of working families with infants and toddlers and the capacity of licensed early care and education providers to care for those children.

Produced by Los Angeles County Child Care Planning Committee, the Los Angeles County Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education and First 5 LA, The State of Early Care and Education in Los Angeles County: Los Angeles County Child Care Planning Committee 2017 Needs Assessment identifies a persistent and severe lack of affordable, high quality early care and education for infants, toddlers and school-aged children in the county.

The study assesses the state of early care and education programs in LA County with the three key focal areas: 1) access to and the cost of quality early care and education, 2) program quality, and 3) workforce.  Deficiencies and areas for improvement are identified in all three areas.

The intention of the report is twofold: to identify the magnitude of the problems parents face in accessing quality services, and identify workable solutions for policy makers at the local, state and federal level to consider when addressing these chronic, persistent gaps in our early care and education system.

Several policy prescriptions are suggested for local, state and federal lawmakers, including increased investment in infant and toddler care, increased and simplified access to subsidized care, more resources for a quality rating system, and more educational pathways for early educators.

Needs Assessment Executive Summary

How is Options for Learning committed to Access, Quality & Workforce? 
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ACCESS Free, low cost and fee based services available
  Broad spectrum of ages served, from birth to 14 years
  Increasing number of care spaces for infants and toddlers
QUALITY Positive outcomes & proven results for children & families
  Frequent and ongoing quality measurement
  Agency commitment to continuous improvement
WORKFORCE 950+ employed child development and support professionals
  High quality training and life-long learning opportunities
  Recruitment and training for hundreds of child care providers