211 Childcare Availability Survey Information

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Data Definitions

Legally Authorized Capacity: Refers to slots in licensed child care centers and family child care homes and license-exempt center-based programs. (largely in public school and municipal settings).

Actual Capacity: The sum of Reported Openings and Reported Enrollment

% Legally Authorized Capacity: Actual Capacity divided by Legally Authorized Capacity

Enrollment: A space currently utilized with a child enrolled.

Infant Toddler: Full time enrollment as reported by the program.
Preschool: Full time enrollment as reported by the program.
Nursery School: Number of partial day enrollments spanning multiple sessions.
School Age: Number of partial day enrollments spanning multiple sessions.

Openings: Child care slot(s) available for enrollment for a child/ren of the corresponding age(s). Openings are self-reported by program either by age group or at the facility level, if by facility level, openings are divided by all ages served

Openings %: Reported Openings divided by the Actual Capacity for that age group.

Infant/Toddler: 0 to 35 Months in Center Based Programs, Infant = 0-17 Months in Family Child Care Programs
Preschool: 3 Yrs to 5 Yrs in Center Based Programs, 18 Months to 5 yrs in Family Child Care Programs
School Age: 5 Yrs to 12 Yrs in Center Based Programs and in Family Child Care Programs
Nursery School: Part Day Enrichment Program for 3 Yrs to 5 Yrs


Data Collection

Enrollment and Openings were collected September 1, 2023 – January 2024
Data includes actual reported enrollment and openings and projected enrollment and openings for programs that did not respond to the survey.


Data Assumptions

Outline of our assumptions and extrapolations.

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