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Parent Experiences with Child Care and Preschool Costs in California:

An EdSource survey of California Parents

Published on February 15, 2017

The high cost of child care and preschool is placing a financial strain on California families and has forced many parents of young children to make difficult tradeoffs regarding work and family life, including choosing lower quality programs or even leaving the workforce altogether, according to a survey commissioned by EdSource.

These are some of the findings of a statewide survey of 640 parents in California who have children aged 5 years and under. The representative survey was conducted by phone and online in the summer of 2016 by the polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3). The survey was underwritten by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Read the full story about the poll findings, along with interviews with parents who are struggling to cope with the high costs of child care and preschool, or scroll down for more detailed data, including poll responses and slides on key questions on the survey.