Percent of children under 6 with all parents working that can be served by licensed child care capacity in Montana

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Definitions: Percent of children ages 0 to 5 with all parents working that can be served by the licensed child care capacity. Percent is calculated as: child care capacity/(population ages 0 to 5*percent of all parents working).

Types of licensed facilities included in the total: Child Care Center, Group Child Care, Family Friend Neighbor, Relative Care Exempt, Legally Certified Care (In Home), and Legally Certified Care. Note: Legally Certified Care (In Home) and Legally Certified Care types ended in 9/30/19. Relative Care Exempt and Family Friend Neighbor types began 10/1/19. Head Start programs that are state licensed are included in the capacity count.

Not all children under the age of 6 with all parents working will need child care, so this percentage is not expected to be 100%. However, this measure provides an estimate for how many children with working parents could be served by the licensed capacity. 

Licensed capacity serves children up to age 12 who need care, however this percent just compares licensed capacity to children under age 6, who typically need full day care prior to attending school.

Data Source: Child care capacity: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood and Family Support Division
Population ages 0 to 5: U.S. Census populations with bridged race categories from the National Center for Health Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm
Children with all parents working: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates, Table B23008

Footnotes: UPDATED - January 2021
DATE - Child care capacity matches data for state fiscal year (July-June). Population estimates are for the vintage year prior matching the beginning of the state fiscal year. Census data for percent of all parents working matches the five-year ACS estimates from the year prior. Example: 2020 data matches state fiscal year 2020 (July 2019-June 2020), population estimates from 2019, and Census estimates from 2015-2019.