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Affordable and accessible child care is essential infrastructure. Without reliable, accessible, and affordable child care, working outside of the home is challenging or even impossible, particularly for mothers who continue to have disproportionate responsibility for the care of children. The lack of affordable care can keep women out of the labor force with negative consequences for parents, children, and the economy, overall.

Given persistent challenges in the child care industry, this new Lewis Center report provides an overview of the current landscape of the child care sector in Los Angeles County and the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector. This report builds on the 2017 assessment of child care and development needs conducted by the Los Angeles County Child Care Planning Committee, L.A. County Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, and First 5 LA.COVID-19 did not create the housing crisis in Los Angeles. But it has exacerbated already existing faults in the region’s affordable housing stock and added new urgency to efforts to keep all Angelenos housed.

Read the Report

Child Care Access and LA's Recovery

Wednesday, June 30
12:30-1 p.m. PDT

Join Lewis Center director and report co-author Evelyn Blumenberg and First 5 LA early care and education program officer Jaime Kalenik in a conversation about the state of child care access in Los Angeles County. Attendees will learn key findings from our recent report, how the lack of child care access is likely to affect the trajectory of the region’s economy, and how child care access connects to other issues facing the LA region like housing affordability and transportation access.

In response, First 5 LA will share the different ways that their organization and partners are working to advance progress to address the lack of access for parents as well as improving conditions for people working in the child care sector.
Since March 2020, a total of 296 child care centers have closed in Los Angeles County, resulting in a loss of ~7,500 child care spots.
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