Head Start programs support children’s growth from birth to age 5 through services centered around early learning and development, health, and family well-being.
The Perfect Storm
One-time funds supported the ECE field during the pandemic but have since dried up. This, combined with rising costs, declining enrollments and staff exits for better pay and benefits elsewhere, the field is facing the perfect storm. Sustainable funding is needed to prevent a perfect disaster in the ECE field.
Child Care for Foster Children in California
Emergency Child Care Bridge: The California Emergency Child Care Bridge is a first of its kind program designed to assist caregivers tasked with caring for a foster child. The program helps stabilize foster children in the best possible settings while ensuring caretakers have adequate support to balance their work and home lives.
Child Care Deserts in Northern Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
Working class families across the nation struggle to find affordable child care for their children. Fifty-one percent of Americans live in child care deserts and the share of the population living in a child care desert ranges from 22 to 77 percent across the nation.
Our GIS Work
In the News
Rising costs, declining enrollments and rates that do not keep up with inflation is resulting in child care deserts. California saw a 30% decline in licensed family child care homes after the recession (37% in Los Angeles County) and a further 14% decline between 2020 and 2021 in California. Without a sustainable source of funding licensed family and center-based care will continue to close their doors, placing an increased strain on working families to find quality care in their community.
What We Do
CCRC’s Research Division is invested in ensuring the most equitable and inclusive methods possible. We ensure the inclusion of a diverse range of community and stakeholder input to facilitate the development of programs and policies that have the highest possible level of relevance and impact for our communities. Our diverse and talented team of researchers bring a diverse range of backgrounds and skillsets to each project.