The combination of these factors forces parents to leave, never enter, or struggle in the workforce.
This is bad for the local economy, families, and children too.
1. Childcare options are scarce …
of San Diego families with young kids live in childcare "deserts"
2. Childcare options are inconvenient …
Hospitality, retail, first responder and healthcare workers with unpredictable or non-standard work schedules have very few options for licensed childcare.
My training is in the medical field, but I cannot do that type of work anymore because the job hours don’t match up with what I can get for childcare.
— Stephany, San Diego Parent
Lack of consistent work schedule and ability to schedule care in advance adversely impacts low-wage workers
3. Childcare options are unaffordable …
My wife and I live within 5 miles of two high quality state-funded preschools. However, we make more than the criteria for a family of 3 … It is looking more and more like we are going to need to transport him to our closest non-subsidized district preschool which is 25 minutes away, in the opposite direction of work. Or we will need to move. It feels like a lose-lose.
— Clay, South Bay San Diego Parent
4. Childcare options are of varying quality …
Quality is critical for children but parents often settle for mediocre (or worse) care they can find and afford
At the same time, the scarcity of options means that many parents don’t have the luxury of choosing for quality
Parents often have to compromise on quality in order to find childcare that aligns with their work hours or location
Low quality care can be detrimental to children’s development.
Childcare options are scarce, inconvenient, unaffordable, and of unknown quality …
The combination of these factors forces parents to leave, never enter, or struggle in the workforce …
this is bad for the local economy, parents and children too …