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Early Learning and Care: The Numbers Behind The Need

Child Care Demand
King County

  •  In 2000 in King County, there were estimated to be 21,330 children full-time and 17,880 children part-time in child care centers. 22% of children in full-time were toddlers and 54% were preschool age.
  •  In 2000 in King County, there were estimated to be 6,410 children full-time and 4,930 children part-time in licensed family homes. 28% of children in full-time were toddlers and 40% were preschool age.
  •  In 2000, there were 105,300 children age 0-4 in King County.
    “Licensed Child Care in Washington State: 2000” Laura Schrager and Marna Geyer Miller. January 2002. Department of Social and Health Services Research and Data Analysis. Page 30.

Washington State

  •  In WA State, approx. 1/4 of all toddlers and preschoolers were in licensed family homes or centers in 2000.
    “Licensed Child Care in Washington State: 2000” Laura Schrager and Marna Geyer Miller. January 2002. Department of Social and Health Services Research and Data Analysis. Page 30.
  • In WA state, more than 3 out of 5 children with employed mothers are in child care.
    “State Child Care Profile for Children with Employed Mothers: Washington.” Snyder, K and Adams, G. February 2001. The Urban Institute.
  • In WA state, 66% of children under age 6 live with working parents.
    Anne E. Casey Foundation National KIDS COUNT website (www.aecf.org).
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