This brief summarizes what is currently known about the status of California’s early learning and care facilities that are operated by family child care homes (FCCHs) and child care centers. Child care centers include a range of operational models, including those managed by private for-profit and nonprofit organizations and public agencies such as local educational agencies (LEA). This brief does not distinguish the needs, cost, or availability of facilities at centers by type (non-LEA and LEA). Declining enrollment among school-age children presents opportunities for alternatives used at existing school sites, but there are also unique needs, costs, and funding associated with preparing such spaces for early childhood programs. Future research could address the unique circumstances associated with LEA-managed facilities to expand on the information included in this brief. (author abstract)
Early childhood facilities: What research tells us
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