Child Care in 35 States: What we know and don’t know

The following report provides several key sections useful for any researcher, policymaker, advocate, or interested citizen who wants to learn more about how the child care gap data were collected, how to interpret the data, and what the data mean for the country. To learn about the methodological decisions and assumptions that BPC made during this project, look to the “Project Overview.” For a guide on how to properly incorporate parent choice information to understand the real implications of gap findings in specific communities, look to “Understanding Parent Choices.” To learn about the insights BPC gleaned from the data collection process on specific ways states can improve their data collection efforts, look to “Data Collection Challenges and Recommendations.” And for an analysis of national child care gap trends, look to “High-Level Findings from the Gap Analysis.”