Percent of all children under 6 that can be served by licensed child care capacity in North Dakota

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Definitions: Percent of all children ages 0 to 5 that can be served by the licensed child care capacity. Percent is calculated as: child care capacity/population ages 0 to 5.

Only licensed facilities are included in the percentage, and licensed school age programs are excluded to match the age range. 

Not all children ages 0-5 will need child care, so this percentage is not expected to be 100%. However, this measure provides context for how many children ages 0 to 5 could be served by the licensed capacity. Also, facilities are licensed to care for children ages 0-13, so some slots may be used for older children and may overestimate the availability for children ages 0-5.

Data Source: Child care data (numerator): North Dakota Department of Human Services
Population ages 0-5 (denominator): U.S. Census populations with bridged race categories from the National Center for Health Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm 

Footnotes: UPDATED - March 2021 (Note: Data for 2021 is not reliably available due to a switch in data systems at the Department of Human Services)
DATE - Child care capacity data matches data for Feb. 1 of reference year. Population estimates are for the vintage year two years prior. Example: 2020 data matches Feb. 2020 child care capacity and population estimates from 2018.
NOTE - Data that is above 100% is reported as 100%.