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.