Call to Action

In addition to being the workforce behind the workforce, the child care sector itself contributes to our local economy

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child care jobs

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million in earnings

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million in tax revenue

But there are some systemic challenges to address

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Insufficient and inappropriate facilities in Orange County for infant/toddler care

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Economics of caring for infants/toddlers is a disincentive for providers

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Greater system coordination and access to up-to-date, comprehensive data and data sharing on capacity, enrollment and wait lists

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Support for the child care workforce, who is underpaid and often undervalued

Positive change is within reach. Even a 2% increase in the workforce participation rate of mothers with young children would result in:

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more jobs

$100

million in additional earnings

$10

million in additional tax revenue

The time is now to act locally!

We need active participation from all sectors

Graphic showing the overlapping stakeholders in the child care crisis
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Employers

  • Understand Needs of and Support Working Parents
  • Provide Child Care-related Benefits
  • Partner to increase child care capacity
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Cities & Municipalities

  • Partner to develop solutions re: facilities needs for infant & toddler care
  • Support residents with finding quality child care
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Child Care Sector

  • Enhance Sector Coordination
  • Focus on Quality
  • Draw More Funds into Orange County
  • Develop solutions for hours of operation to meet working parent/guardian needs
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Parents & Guardians

  • Share your child care challenges with your employer
  • Learn about ways to communicate with your local and state legislators
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Philanthropy

  • Spur Innovation
  • Build Capacity and Quality of Child Care Providers
  • Provide grants to child care providers that want to grow
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Local & State Legislators

  • Support legislation that strengthens the child care system and that increases quality, funding and access for families

Join us!

We must partner together to identify and support solutions that work … for working families, employers and the economy.

To get involved, contact Tiffany Alva, First 5 Orange County’s Director of Partnerships and Government affairs at tiffany.alva@cfcoc.ocgov.com

What’s coming next …

Phase III of First 5 Orange County’s Child Care Landscape work is focused on working with partners to prioritize and implement solutions in Orange County to address these challenges and begin to have a positive impact on child care, families and the economy.

We will also be updating some of the information on the child care landscape that we gathered during Phase I with post-COVID data.

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Stay tuned and get involved

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Spread the word

  • Invite First 5 Orange County to come and present our findings to your organization
  • Educate others in your circle about the impacts of the child care crisis on Orange County
  • Share our video on social media
A smiling dad lays on the couch while holding his cute baby on his chest
60% of children under 5 have all of their parents working
Only 5% of infants and toddlers age 0-2 have a slot available in licensed day care
$26,150 - the average annual cost of child care for a family with 2 young kids in full-time care
Even if only 1/3 of infants and toddlers in Orange County required child care, there would still only be enough licensed capacity for 1 in 7 children
60% of children under 5 have all of their parents working
Only 5% of infants and toddlers age 0-2 have a slot available in licensed day care
$26,150 - the average annual cost of child care for a family with 2 young kids in full-time care
Even if only 1/3 of infants and toddlers in Orange County required child care, there would still only be enough licensed capacity for 1 in 7 children
60% of children under 5 have all of their parents working
Only 5% of infants and toddlers age 0-2 have a slot available in licensed day care
$26,150 - the average annual cost of child care for a family with 2 young kids in full-time care
Even if only 1/3 of infants and toddlers in Orange County required child care, there would still only be enough licensed capacity for 1 in 7 children
The average cost of child care in Orange County for 2 kids is $26,150 per year
The average cost of child care in Orange County for 2 kids is $26,150 per year
The average cost of child care in Orange County for 2 kids is $26,150 per year
60% of children under 5 in Orange County have all of their parents working
Affordable Child Care Matters
You can't pour from an empty cup
The child care system in Orange County is broken