Changes in Licensed Child Care Facilities by County: 2006 and 2012


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Family Child Care Homes

Between 2006 and 2012, 84 percent of California's 58 counties saw a decline in the number of licensed family child care facilities. Only six counties — Lake, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Tulare, and Yuba — saw an increase.

Child Care Centers

Between 2006 and 2012, 50 percent of California counties saw an increase in the number of licensed child care centers, while 36 percent saw a decline.

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Between 2006 and 2012, 36 percent of California's counties experienced a decline in the number of licensed family child care homes and child care centers. The counties hit hardest were mainly rural but also included major urban counties such as Los Angeles, Sacramento and Contra Costa. Only 5 percent of counties had an increase in both, and those counties were Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Tulare. Overall, the number of family child care homes declined by 13 percent statewide, while the number of child care centers increased by 1 percent.