State Fact Sheets Are Out From Child Care Aware of America

Every year Child Care Aware of America looks at the state of child care across America.  These fact sheets provide parents, providers, advocates, supporters, media and other interested parties learn statistics about topics such as:

  • How many families need child care
  • The availability of child care
  • Cost of child care
  • Services provided by Child Care Resource and Referrals
  • much more

The 2015 fact sheets have been released! (side note - the top of the webpage currently says 2014 but it is the 2015 fact sheets)

One of the interesting parts of each state fact sheet is that it puts those numbers in context to a nationwide view by putting the national statistics right next to them.  For example: the Alabama State Fact Sheet tells us that there are 229,225 children birth to 4 years and nationwide there are 19,930,834.  

Take a look at the introduction and state fact sheets to get a better understanding of the needs of child care throughout the nation and your state.  The introduction begins with:

Every week in the United States, child care
providers care for nearly 11 million children
younger than age 5 whose mothers are working
— Child Care In America: 2015 State Fact Sheets, Child Care Aware of America

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building