Definition: Number of licensed child care facilities, by type (e.g., in 2019, there were 10,654 licensed child care centers in California).
Data Source: California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, California Child Care Portfolio (Apr. 2020).
Footnote: Child care centers are facilities that provide care for infants, preschoolers, and/or school-age children during all or part of the day. These facilities may be large or small and can be operated independently by nonprofit organizations or by churches, school districts, or other organizations. Most child care centers are licensed by the California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS). In family child care homes, care for up to 14 children is offered in the home of the provider, often a parent; care is typically provided for children of a variety of ages. Family child care homes also are licensed by CDSS.