High-Quality Child Care - Availability for high-quality child care by age group (2007-2016)

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Definitions: The estimated number of spaces available for ages birth - 4 years (early) and ages 5 - 12 years (school age) in non-parental, high-quality care settings. 

High-quality is defined as those regulated child care provider settings accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), Council on Accreditation (COA), National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) or STAR 3-4 rating through Keystone STARS.  The percent is calculated by dividing the number of spaces by the estimated number of children needing child care (i.e. all parents in labor force).

Prior to 2014, high-quality was defined as those regulated child care provider settings accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), National After School Association (NAA), National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) or STAR 4 rating through Keystone STARS.

In 2016, high-quality was defined as those regulated child care provider settings accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) or STAR 4 rating through Keystone STARS.

Data Source: COA, NAFCC, NAEYC, NAA, NECPA, and PA Departments of Education and Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning. 

Footnotes: Beginning with 2012 data, additional provider characteristics provided by OCDEL were included in the calculation. This allows for a more accurate estimation of availability by age group. Care should be taken when comparing data prior to 2012 to estimates 2012 and later.

See the definition above for changes with data beginning in 2014.

Finalized May 2018.